The EUFRUIT Knowledge Platform is part of a European thematic network of 21 partners including research institutes, universities and industrial partners who represent keyparts of the fruit supply chain from 12 countries.

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The European Fruit Network (EUFRUIT) - Knowledge Platform

EUFRUIT Knowledge Platform is an international open access database of electronic documents related to productivity, sustainability and quality of fruit in the European fruit sector. New knowledge on fruit research and best practice approaches at a European level are available in the database. It is possible to search for information in a specific language.

Focuses are on four thematic areas of critical importance to competitiveness and innovation potential of the European fruit sector:

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A metabolomics approach to elucidate apple fruit responses to static and dynamic controlled atmosphere storage

Publication in scientific journal (peer review) - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

Stefano Brizzolara a,*, Claudio Santucci b, Leonardo Tenori c, Maarten Hertog d, Bart Nicolaid,e, Stefan Stürz f, Angelo Zanella f, Pietro Tonutti a a Istituto di Scienze della Vita, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy b CERM, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy c Fondazione FiorGen ONLUS, Firenze, Italy d Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS),…


Maintain the Quality of Nicoter/Kanzi®- apple through modern storage-technologies

Publication in journal/magazine aimed at general public - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

The two storage technologies Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere and 1-MCP have been combined in order to reduce the storage damage at Nicoter/Kanzi®.The Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere foresees the reduction of Oxygen in the storage facility, which slows the ripening process down, while 1-MCP constrains the ripening. The experiment showed, however, that the combination of the two did…


Long term apple fruit quality retention

Publication in technical journal - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

The ideal management of harvest and storage of apples are key in order to achieve and preserve the top quality that the market demands. The ideal harvest point is when the apples are externally completely mature. However, they should not be ready yet for the consumption as the inner quality has not developed yet. The apple continues to ripen after harvest and will develop a good…


Nanopore sequencing of the genome of an apple blossom isolate of Metschnikowia pulcherrima

Final project conference participation with presentation (poster) - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

Nanopore sequencing is a novel technology which allows sequencing of entire genomes using a relatively cheap, handheld device – Oxford Nanopore’s MinION – powered by a state of the art personal computer. The technology generates long reads allowing for high quality genome assemblies while offering unmatched portability and simplicity of use. Here we aimed for sequencing the whole…


A metagenomic approach to assess Neofabraea infection and dynamics on stored apples

Publication in scientific journal (peer review) - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

Microbes are an integral part of the biome and interact in many ways with the plant products that humans produce for food. While the detrimental effect of postharvest pathogens on fresh produce can be characterized by classical microbiology, little is known about the infection dynamics of plant pathogens before symptoms appear. This holds especially true for Neofabraea spp. the…


Development of a method for profiling of volatile organic compounds to monitor heat stress in hot water dipped apples

Publication in scientific journal (peer review) - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

Storage rot is a major contributor to losses of organic apples due to restrictions in spraying in orchards. Postharvest pre-treatments such as hot water dipping (HWD) have been proven successful to reduce storage rot. However, excessive heat during dipping easily induces heat stress and physiological disorders, which only show up after several weeks of cold storage. To develop…


Postharvest strategies to prevent storage rot

Organising/holding industry group meeting/event - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

Storage rot is affected by production factors such as cultivar, climate, growing conditions and time of harvest; postharvest handling such as post-harvest pre-treatments, quality control, handling before sale, and conditions in the supply chain such as packaging, temperature, time and changes in ripening of the fruits during storage. Postharvest hot water treatment may increase or…


Optimum preservation of fruit and stems quality in sweet cherries (Prunus avium L. cv. Vanda, Kordia and Regina)

Publication in technical journal - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

In a three-year project, in cooperation with the Fruit Science Section of the University of Hannover and the financial support of the cooperative Marktgemeinschaft Altes Land (MAL), the possibilities of a better maintenance of sweet cherries fruit and stem quality were investigated. Various scenarios for the handling of freshly harvested fruits were simulated. Particularly the…


Harvest affects quality after storage

Publication in industry journal/magazine - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

The right state of maturity of the fruits at harvest is crucial for the optimal storage of apples. A good storage Management influences positively the preservation of the Quality during the storage. A harvest that is being performed too early leads to underdeveloped, badly coloured fruits with limited eating quality. This is due to the fact that the fruits have not passed through…


Fatty acid composition, oxidative stability, and antioxidant properties of some Hungarian and other Persian walnut cultivars

Publication in scientific journal (peer review) - Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage

Ten different Persian walnut cultivars were examined for their compositional data, including eight Hungarian and two introduced varieties. Oil content and fatty acid composition were determined, as well as oxidative stability (indicated by induction time).Antioxidative capacity, total polyphenol measurements, and individual phenolic compounds were also determined. Not only dry…

The EUFRUIT thematic network has received funding from the
European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 696337.