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Research Project: Maintaining Quality and Extending Shelf and Shipping Life of Fresh Fruit with No or Minimal Synthetic Pesticide Inputs

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-036-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Oct 1, 2010
End Date: May 18, 2015

Objective:
Objective 1. Develop integrated and commercially feasible pre-harvest practices and treatments to maintain quality and extend the shelf and shipping life of fresh fruit (primarily citrus fruit and table grapes). Objective 2. Develop integrated and commercially feasible postharvest practices and treatments to maintain quality and extend the shelf and shipping life of fresh fruit (primarily citrus fruit and table grapes).

Approach:
A variety of preharvest and postharvest actions and chemical treatments to extend the shelf life and maintain quality of fresh citrus fruit and table grapes will be developed and evaluated under laboratory and semi-commercial conditions. Promising treatments will be combined in integrated regimes later in this project.