Wood wool for the transportation and sale of fruit

Wood and wood wool products have been valued for their hygienic effects in wound treatment as early as in the 19th century and recent studies have shown the inhibitory effects of wood and secondary metabolites of wood on bacteria and fungi. Here, wood wool was evaluated as a tool to decrease microbiological decay of fruits in storage situations. The effect of wood wool on bacteria and fungi as well as the effect of wood wool on the microbiological decay of fruits was tested in vitro and in vivo. In vitro experiments showed that wood wool can reduce the survival rate of microorganisms. Additionally, an increased generation time of bacteria in the presence of wood wool could be measured. In vivo experiments using apples showed that the presence of wood wool reduces the number of fruits showing symptoms of microbiological decay whereas in other fruits such as strawberry, cherries apricots ant tomatoes no significant effects could be measured. In summary it was shown that wood wool has inhibitory effects on bacteria and fungi and that the application of wood wool can present technical difficulties masking possible inhibitory effects.


Article: Wood wool for packaging and storage of fruits and tomatoes ()
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Publication in technical journal
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Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage
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Andreas B├╝hlmann

Schloss 1
8820 W├Ądenswil

Tel. +41 58 460 64 24
[email protected]
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