banana ripening News

  • Packaging beliefs contested in ACP report

    A report examining some of the most common concerns about packaging has been published by the Government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). It challenges some widely held beliefs such as ‘bins are full of packaging’ and ‘packaging is increasing’ with statistics that show packaging makes up less than 3% of all UK solid waste. Packaging research organisation Incpen director Jane Bickerstaffe ...

  • New treatment extends shelf life of bananas

    Around the world, bananas are one of the most popular tropical fruits. Despite their popularity, bananas have a relatively short shelf life that creates challenges for both producers and consumers. A new study revealed that a postharvest treatment with a natural phospholipid can extend bananas' shelf life, thus enhancing the fruit's marketability. Scientists Zienab F.R. Ahmed from South Valley ...

  • Clean ethylene production method developed by US scientists

    A new method of making one of the world's most commonly produced organic compounds, ethylene, is going to prevent millions of metric tons’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to federal government scientists. The technology created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is a high-temperature membrane that can produce ethylene from an ethane stream ...

  • DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide leads for increasing the sustainability of banana cultivation, for instance through the development of a resistant banana plant. The results were ...

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