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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: New Technologies to Minimize Postharvest Decay of Citrus

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 5302-43000-036-05
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Nov 01, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
(1) Optimize effectiveness of packinghouse treatments to minimize postharvest losses. (2) Evaluate novel methods of packinghouse sanitation. (3) Preharvest measures to minimize postharvest decay losses. (4) Evaluate UV fluorescence to remove mechanically damaged fruit to reduce decay.

Approach:
Continue laboratory tests to develop new and promising treatments to control postharvest decay of citrus fruit that are EPA "reduced risk", listed in the USDA National Organic Program, or are FDA GRAS-listed compounds. We will examine the impact the mode of application, of heat on their effectiveness and residues, and their compatibility with other compounds such as chlorine and other fungicides.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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