They hope to maintain the legacy of David Johnson, who retired from his post at EMR in Kent last year after a successful career as an agronomist and pioneering post-harvest physiologist.
EMR's Dr Neil Hipps announced the collaboration last week at the EMR and Marden Fruit Show Society top fruit storage members' day.
"By pulling the two together we have a wide range of facilities for post-harvest research in the UK," said Hipps.
He also explained why the research is also being expanded to cover all fresh produce sectors. "In order to keep the facilities going, we need to expand the range of produce we cover," he said.
The NRI, a specialist institute of the University of Greenwich, specialises in research that helps support sustainable development.