Project Number: 2034-43000-036-05-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Nov 1, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014
(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.
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.