Post-harvest quality

What do packouts tell us about management?

The essential ingredient for increasing low consumer apple consumption in Australia is delivering a high-quality apple. As part of the Hort Innovation-funded Future Orchards® program, AgFirst’s John Wilton helps us to understand the myriad factors – from variety choice and maturity at harvest to storage technique – that affect fruit quality, and explains how growers [...]

Cripps Pink and Rosy Glow behave differently in storage

Currently, the two varieties Cripps Pink and Rosy Glow that produce Pink Lady® branded apples, are managed the same in storage by industry. However, we have found differences in their storage behaviour that could warrant either separation of the two during storage or an additional 1-MCP treatment being applied to Rosy Glow during storage. Cripps Pink and Rosy [...]

Post-harvest management for quality

  Harvest is a busy time and with fruit flowing in, weather and prices changing daily and the need to make decisions quickly, it pays to have some background information to help assess the ramifications of those decisions fresh in mind. A considerable amount of levy payer money goes into researching the impact of various [...]

Event flush with new blush pear research

At a recent blush pear research event at the Agriculture Victoria Blush Pear field laboratory at Tatura, pear producers were provided with results from post-harvest ripening and storage experiments conducted at the AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience, Bundoora.  Pear growers learnt about the latest research on blush pear varieties at an event in Tatura, Victoria. [...]

Post-harvest quality: slowing down the ‘ticking clock’

Nutrition, fruit maturity and climatic conditions are among the pre-harvest factors which can have an impact on the quality of apples post-harvest, according to Dr Hannah James, AgroFresh Research and Development Manager Australia/New Zealand . AgroFresh's Dr Hannah James says the process of getting an apple from the orchard through to the consumers’ hands [...]

Post-Harvest Seminar – quality starts before harvest

To kick start the 2017 year, APAL held its annual Post-Harvest Seminar in Adelaide, South Australia, in January, attended by over 80 people in the industry.  Many topics were covered aimed at improving the way we grow, handle and store apple and pears pre-harvest in order to ensure quality going into cold storage. Post-harvest quality [...]

AgroFresh to establish local lab

AgroFresh Australia has announced that it will invest over $330,000 to establish a laboratory to support customers using SmartFresh™, its post-harvest technology, and other emerging products including Harvista™. Dr Hannah James will run AgroFresh Australia's new laboratory in Victoria. The 72-square metre laboratory in Officer, Victoria, will operate for the 2017 season. It [...]

By |September 14th, 2016|News, Post-harvest quality, Victoria|

Post-harvest seminar focuses on improving quality

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 acrawford@apal.org.au Around 100 packing shed managers, orchard managers and industry advisors from across the country participated in APAL’s Post-harvest Seminar to learn about research and ideas to improve post-harvest quality in apples and pears. First up, horticultural consultant Marcel Veens advised us that achieving [...]

By |February 1st, 2016|Fruit maturity management, Post-harvest quality|

Queensland seeks to irradiate apples

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is considering an application from Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFFQ) to allow apples to be irradiated. “Irradiation is being sought as an alternative treatment to some pesticides, which are no longer permitted or permissions for use have changed,” FSANZ chief Steve McCutcheon said in a Sun [...]

By |September 28th, 2014|Hygiene and food safety, Post-harvest quality|