Fruit storage technology is topic of East Malling conference

Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (Dynamic CA) - a major development in fruit storage that is being pioneered in Italy - will be the topic of the Top Fruit Storage Members' Day, held on 31 March at the East Malling Conference Centre, Kent.

Leading European researcher Dr Angelo Zanella, from the Research Centre for Agriculture & Forestry in Laimburg, Italy, has been invited by organisers of the event - East Malling Research Association and Marden Fruit Show Society - to explain to growers the extent to which the technology has been progressed and applied in the South Tyrol region of Italy.

Dynamic CA alters the gases in the atmosphere surrounding the fruit according to the requirements of the fruit itself.

Head of storage research at East Malling Research (EMR) David Johnson will follow with a presentation on EMR's experience of this technique using different parameters, and where the technology might fit into the UK industry.

Johnson will also provide growers with an update on his latest developments and advancements in knowledge of diffuse browning disorder, which remains a potentially serious problem for UK Cox.

An outline by EMR's Dr Neil Hipps of research funded by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to reduce wastage of fruit and vegetables in the home is also on the agenda. Currently, some 40 per cent (by weight) of food thrown away that could have been eaten is fresh fruit and vegetables.

Hipps said: "There is considerable scope to improve this situation through better management in the home. The project will provide the consumer with ideas for simple methods to prolong freshness."

The event will feature the prize-giving for the Marden Fruit Show Society's long-term farm-stored top fruit classes competition.

There will also be a session looking at the history of storage technology and its future.

- To book, call Jean Hodges on 01732 843833 or email jean.hodges@emr.ac.uk.


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