Event focuses on developments in fruit storage research

Storage Day at East Malling Research (EMR) in Kent next month will present a snapshot of ongoing work in ensuring apple and pear storage is effective, affordable and safe.

Among the speakers, Dr Debbie Rees, reader in plant physiology at the National Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, will give an overview of current commercial technologies and developments in storage research in Europe.

"The use of ozone, non-destructive methods for detecting post-harvest disorders and picking out disorders during the grading process are all emerging technologies being used in this country and abroad," she said.

NRI is collaborating with EMR on the new Produce Quality Centre at the Kent research station. "There is a huge need for continuing research at East Malling's nationally unique facility," said EMR senior programme leader Dr Chris Atkinson.

"Post-harvest research at East Malling is integral in developing research and development to promote and sustain UK fresh produce for a growing population."

The event will take place on 28 March at East Malling Conference Centre, and follows the Marden Fruit Show Society's Long Term Farm Stored Competition and AGM.

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