Storage guidelines for UK plum and cherry growers.

Plums and cherries are among the favourite fruits of the consumer, but currently much of the demand is met by imported fruit. With new plum and cherry varieties and new production techniques the UK industry has the potential to increase production. However, post-harvest losses can be significant due to fungal rots and rapid loss of fruit quality.

The objective of this project is to develop improved methods of managing the fruit post-harvest based on cold storage and the use of post-harvest biocontrol treatments to minimise losses due to fungal rots and to maintain fruit quality. These new control strategies post-harvest will enable growers and distributors to reduce fruit waste, extend product shelf-life, extend the marketing period and provide UK-consumers with first quality, locally produced plums and cherries for longer.

This project is funded by Innovate UK (a UK government funding agency) and industry partners, Total Produce and Berry Gardens. Results from this work are being distributed to consortium members via the link below.


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Resources as a result of the project are published in the form of best practice guidelines, newsletters and presentations in a password protected area for consortium members
Activity type
Publication of technical bulletin/guideline
Activity work package
Fruit quality; improvement of fruit handling/storage
Activity number
Activity contact
Dr Robert Saville
NIAB EMR | New Road | East Malling |Kent | ME19 6BJ |UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1732 523749
[email protected]
Activity partner
Activity country
United Kingdom
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The EUFRUIT thematic network has received funding from the
European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 696337.