March 9 - 4:50 pm to 5:20 pm CET
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The use of irradiation to mitigate insect pests on fruit and vegetables continues to increase worldwide. At the low doses, (<= 400 Gy), used for phytosanitary purposes, the effect on quality can be negligible. Still, since the fresh fruit and vegetables continue to be metabolically active, the impact is highly dependent upon the type of fruit being treated, whether it is climacteric or not, how it is transported and how long it is stored following treatment. In this presentation I will provide an overview of these impacts, and the latest research on produce quality.