Slow-release ethylene inhibitor can improve shelf life of fresh berries

The blueberry harvesting season is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. The blue fruits business in both hemispheres may soon have an innovative tool for extending seasonality and reducing food waste, says Polish food-tech company Fresh Inset.

The results of trials conducted for the company on blueberries after using a patented 1-MCP delivery system indicated a slower ripening effect. Treated blueberries kept very good eating quality and firmness for 49 days. Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) is an ethylene action inhibitor in plant cells that binds with the receptor...


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