- DatesOctober 2016 – September 2019 (three years).
- SponsorBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Innovate UK.
- PartnersJohnson Matthey Plc.
The control of respiratory gases within a storage or packaging environment is often used to extend postharvest storage / shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables, and thereby reduce wastage in the supply chain.
Current modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) can extend the postharvest quality of fresh produce but its performance is often limited by its inability to respond to the changing physiology of the produce, leading to the development of suboptimal gas conditions. MAP would benefit considerably if it is made flexible so that it responds to the changing physiology of the produce and the allied gaseous kinetics.
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This project will focus on the development of the next generation of MAP comprising innovative cost-effective inserts which are able to manipulate the internal atmosphere of the packaging. This is by administering the ideal gaseous conditions at the optimum time for prolonged storage and improved management of produce in the farmer’s cold storage and throughout the entire supply chain.