Fruit is a naturally nutritious food. Fruit has many of the vitamins that humans need to stay alive and healthy. China is the largest fruit producer in the world in terms of surface area devoted to fruit plantation, and the third-largest in terms of production volume. However, fruit is seasonal and regional, and easily spoils. While consumers create a huge demand for a wide variety of fresh fruit throughout the year. This contrast between supply and demand leads to difficulties in the fruit market. Improper storage and imperfect methods of keeping fruit fresh lead to nearly 30% of waste per year.
Fruit remains a living organism, even after it is harvested. The fruit continues to ripen and breathe. Fruit continues to consume oxygen and expel CO2 and ethylene. These activities are closely related to keeping fruit fresh. These processes have an impact on the duration fruit can be stored. Ethylene in particular plays an important role in the metabolism of harvested fruit and determines to a large extent how long fruit can be kept in storage.
1-MCP is a powerful ethylene inhibitor. Ethylene is the major ingredient that stimulates the ripening and aging process of fruit. Many fruits produce their own ethylene, but this substance can also be present in storage facilities or even in the air. Ethylene binds with receptors in the cells of different fruits, and this activates the physiological and chemical processes related to ripening.
In this way, ethylene speeds up the deterioration of fruit. 1-MCP is a substance that can easily bind with ethylene as well. However, this combination will not activate the ripening process. In other words, using 1-MCP will inhibit both the production of ethylene in fruit and the impact of ethylene in the environment on the ripening process in fruit. 1-MCP will bind with ethylene before the receptors in fruit cells can. This is how 1-MCP extends the shelf life of fruit, slows down the ripening process, and keeps fruit fresh for longer.
Treating fruit with 1-MCP before the harvest takes place can effectively extend the harvest period, simplify the harvesting process, and extend shelf life. 1-MCP also has some benefit towards drought resistance and cold resistance, thus reducing the negative impact of environmental factors on the growth of fruit.
Chesen BioChem is a Chinese company specialized in 1-MCP research and development, and sales. The company is located in Hefei City, Anhui. At the same time, Chesen BioChem also provides other agricultural chemicals. The company participates in Fruit Logistica every year.
The Chesen BioChem team took the opportunity during this international fruit exhibition to talk with old clients about possibilities for future cooperation, and at the same time they are looking for new clients to establish relationships.
The 1-MCP products of Chesen BioChem are not yet registered in other countries, but the company is searching for interested retailers from across the globe, and will pursue registration in those countries with great interest.
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Chesen BioChem Co., Ltd.
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