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Ros Fisher

Maintaining the quality of apples during long term storage is becoming increasingly important, to allow growers to effectively compete with imported fruit.  At the same time, developments such as Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (DCA) are making it easier than ever to monitor the condition of fresh produce during storage in real time.

María Cárcamo de la Concepción

The worldwide demand for and the consumption of blueberries (Vaccinium species) have significantly increased over the past few years due to advances in fruit quality and, increased awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of eating blueberries. For consumers, blueberry fruit texture, and in particular fruit firmness, are considered, along with flavour, the key quality traits when describing fruit quality. However, blueberries are often subjected to long shipping distances from growing regions to consumer markets, which can have negative consequences for fruit texture and firmness.