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The long road to non-chemical control of post-harvest physiological disorders

C. Larrigaudière i J. Giné

IRTA - Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology. Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment. Government of Catalonia

Physiological disorders, such as superficial scald and internal physiopaties, are a major problem during long-term storage of apples and pears which significantly limit sales. Until recently, chemical control systems such as diphenylamine were used to manage them. However, this product has been banned for commercial use under recent EU health restrictions. New, non-chemical strategies are now required to manage these disorders effectively without affecting fruit quality.

This presentation will give an overview of these new strategies and define how they may be integrated into a new program that we have termed IFM (the Spanish acronym for ‘Integrated Physiological Disorder Management’) in analogy with IPM programs.

We will start by describing the benefits of novel modified atmosphere storage techniques such as the DCA (Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere) system, and move on to the use of thermal methods, especially hot water. Furthermore, the IFM plan also incorporates new forecasting techniques, considering the use of non-destructive techniques and biochemical markers.

The success of the IFM plan rests on factoring these strategies into a comprehensive action plan that will be detailed at the end of this presentation.

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PRODECA guarantees that you may, at any time, exercise your right to access, rectify, cancel or oppose by writing to the aforesaid postal address, using the reference "PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS - SMARTFRUIT", or to the email address smartfruitcongress@smartfruitcongress.cat.

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