Comparison of Pallet Cover Systems to Maintain Strawberry Fruit Quality During Transit. By University California, Davis and University of Florida. ASHS August 2012

March 22, 2012

A recently published study conducted by the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) and the University of Florida (UFL) found that transporting strawberries in the sealed TransFresh Tectrol® pallet cover system, in which CO2 concentrations were elevated at 11 to 16 percent, was most effective in complementing current low temperature management practices to reduce decay and maintain fruit quality. The study further concluded that after a two-day shelf life, fruit from the Tectrol pallets achieved significantly less decay – from three to seven percent – than the other systems evaluated.

The independent study was conducted as part of an ongoing research initiative by two leading academic postharvest departments, one at the University of California and the other at the University of Florida, under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crops Project designed to increase the consumption of specialty crops, such as strawberries, through enhanced quality and safety.

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