Post Harvest management of plums and cherries to minimise waste

Lead Participant: M.& W.Mack Limited

Abstract

Plums and cherries are among the favourite fruits of the consumer, but currently much of the demand is met by imported fruit. With new plum and cherry varieties and new production techniques the UK industry has the potential to increase production. However, post-harvest losses can be significant due to fungal rots and rapid loss of fruit quality. The objective of this project is to develop improved methods of managing the fruit post-harvest based on cold storage and the use of post-harvest biocontrol treatments to minimise losses due to fungal rots and to maintain fruit quality. These new control strategies post-harvest will enable growers and distributors to reduce fruit waste, extend product shelf-life, extend the marketing period and provide UK-consumers with first quality, locally produced plums and cherries for longer.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

M.& W.Mack Limited, TONBRIDGE £11,474 £ 1,148
 

Participant

East Malling Research, United Kingdom £116,946 £ 116,946
Total Worldfresh Limited, SPALDING £84,929 £ 8,493
Niab £11,929 £ 11,929
Berry Gardens Growers Limited, Tonbridge, UNITED KINGDOM £66,586 £ 6,659

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