Providing impartial honest scientific support to the fresh produce industry

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At the heart of the PQC is the Jim Mount Building, the UK’s leading controlled atmosphere research storage facility.

The facility has adaptable controlled temperature rooms from -2°C to 30°C. Controlled atmosphere storage with automated monitoring and control in chambers ranging from 10 to 500Kg of produce. Monitoring of respiration, ethylene and ethanol production. Capability for precise monitoring of quality characteristics including texture, colour, sugars, acids, starch assessment. Shelf-life evaluation facilities.

In addition, the centre benefits from a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities across the University of Greenwich and NIAB EMR.

Field facilities, Product analysis, Pathology and storage microbiology, Molecular biology, Volatile and compositional analysis by LC and GC MS, Sensory evaluation, Consumer acceptability, Food safety, Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, Con-focal light microscopy, commercial-scale controlled atmosphere storage.