Post-harvest Research to Produce Quality Centre

A collaboration between East Malling Research and the Natural Resources Institute

EMR building

Improving Fresh Produce Quality

Together providing the widest range of expertise and the best facilities for post-harvest research in the UK

  • Knowledge transfer
  • Temperate and tropical fruit and vegetables
  • Food science
  • Market economics
  • Food safety
  • Chemical analysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Training
  • Production systems
  • Pre-harvest factors
  • Crop protection
  • Crop pathology
  • Plant physiology
  • Storage research facilities
Packing fruit


We can determine storage requirements for a wide range of temperate and tropical fruits, vegetables and cut flowers, develop best practice and troubleshoot problems in the supply chain.

  • 10 adaptable controlled temperature rooms from −3° to 30° C
  • Controlled atmosphere storage with automated monitoring and control in containers holding 90–500kg of product
  • Texture and colour assessment
  • Product analysis
  • Pathology, and storage microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Consumer acceptability
  • Commercial scale controlled atmosphere storage
  • Shelf life evaluation

Support to the fresh produce and ornamentals industry globally