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A non-residue technology to extend the postharvest life of citrus

Bioconservacion introduces Bi-On CPB filters:

Bioconservacion, market leader in postharvest and industrial gas filtration has recently introduced the Bi-On CPB Filter designed for non-climacteric fruit, specially citrus.

Citrus fruit is susceptible to various diseases related to air quality that reduce their postharvest life. Ethylene exposure does not hasten fruit ripening but accelerates fruit senescence. Senescence brings about a number of deteriorative changes and disorders, all of which contribute to the weakening of peel structure. Most decay-causing infections do not develop until the peel ages because the fruit becomes less resistant to the invading pathogen. It has also been shown that some volatile compounds (VOC’s) emitted by the senescent fruit act as chemical signals for the pathogen invasion (ex. limonene, acetaldehyde, ethanol).

The Bi-On CPB filter features a special blend of granules with an enhanced efficacy against fungal spores, ethylene and VOC’s of high molecular weight such as limonene. These granules reinforce the fungistatic activity by absorbing the different target compounds most likely to limit the post-harvest life in citrus.

The efficacy of the Bioconservacion’s filters in extending the postharvest life of citrus fruits has been shown in different field as well as independent trials, resulting in reduction in: (1) rots caused by Penicillium sp; (2) respiration rate; (3) weight loss; (4) acidity loss; (5) yellowing in green citrus; (6) chilling injury in sensitive cultivars.

Hygienizing the air in storage and distribution of citrus fruit establishes positive synergies when used in combination with other technologies such as chemical fungicides or their lower toxicity/natural alternatives. Due to its versatility and compatibility with other technologies, Bi-On CPB filters are also of great benefit in those applications where the use of chemical fungicides is restricted.

Bioconservacion’s extending line of filters are proven, non-residue, organic-compatible, cost-effective and easy-to-use technology to extend the postharvest life of fresh produce.

Come learn more at booth 323 at the PMA show.

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