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    Report back: ISHS VIII Post-Harvest Symposium, Cartegena, Spain

Report back: ISHS VIII Post-Harvest Symposium, Cartegena, Spain

In late June 2016 a group of South African researchers attended the ISHS Post-Harvest Symposium in the historical port city of Cartegena, Spain. The meeting focused on ‘Enhancing supply chain and consumer benefits: ethical and technological issues’. The goal of the visit was to become acquainted with the latest innovations in post-harvest research, as […]

CA & Post Harvest Group Meeting on 1 November 2016

HORTGRO Science on Tuesday held its regular CA and Postharvest Group Meeting, which keeps industry players up to speed with current developments, technologies, and challenges. The following topics were presented:

 
Technologies to control superficial scald development on Granny Smith – Anel Botes, ARC

 
Preliminary results on the effect of ACR on the storage quality of ‘Golden […]

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    Industry endorsed grain chinch bug protocols released – Afrikaans

Industry endorsed grain chinch bug protocols released – Afrikaans

English version to follow.
Graanstinkluis Risiko Bestuur Protokol – September 2016 by Dane McDonald

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    Study investigates susceptibility of apples to bruising inside MK4 and MK6 package designs

Study investigates susceptibility of apples to bruising inside MK4 and MK6 package designs

This research investigated the susceptibility of apple fruit to bruising inside two ventilated corrugated paperboard package (MK4 and MK6 package designs) commonly used in fresh fruit industry during a simulated transport damage.

The results showed that both the incidence and severity of apple bruising were affected by package design and frequency of shaking the boxes […]

The Resurrection of the CA Group

Richard Hurndall, HORTGRO Science Research and Technology Manager, has been in the business a long time. In this blog Richard reflects on the evolution of the CA Group and the historic meeting that took place towards the end of 2015.

Read his blog here: Growing Fruit IQ – Richard Hurndall

The Effects of Heat Waves on plums

Quality management of plums following heat waves during the harvesting season
By Arrie de Kock

The primary fruit quality aspects to be managed during heat waves are sunburn, internal heat damage, gel breakdown, over-ripeness and shrivel.
 

Pre-harvest
Growing conditions and cultivars
 

Heat damage is most likely to occur on plums following heatwaves
Climate during the growing season plays […]

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Chilling Weather Report – May to August 2015

Everybody loves to talk about the weather. Especially fruit growers…
Please click here for the lastest industry chilling report: Report Hortgro – August 2015 – Chilling
“But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.”
― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

OZONE Safety Explained

We often get the question asked, why we do not release ozone in the cold rooms and or pack houses when we introduce our BIO Turbo units to our clients. Herewith a brief background why we have patented technology that works… As Miatech Inc. based in the USA and per definition a USA manufacturer […]

SmartFresh™: The Latest Innovation in Fruit Storage. Some preliminary results on South African pome and stone fruit.

SmartFresh™ is an exciting new breakthrough in the postharvest storage of fresh fruit and vegetables. American scientists at North Carolina University invented 1-methycyclopropene (1-MCP), an antagonist ethylene inhibitor in horticultural products. The technology, now known as SmartFresh™, has been aquired and developed for use on fresh fruit and vegetables by AgroFresh Inc, a Rohm […]

Identification of bitter pit in apples?

What causes bitter pit? Most of the research in this area attributes bitter pit to a lack of sufficient Ca (calcium) (2; 1), but there are reports indicating the probability that bitter pit is due to excess Ca in the cell (8). A deficiency in Ca in the fruit can be due to cultural […]

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