USA: Invasive guava fruit fly found in central Florida poses new threat to agriculture, citrus industry

USA – Farmers might have a new pest on their hands after inspectors with the Department of Agriculture recently discovered an invasive fruit fly near Orlando. The guava fruit fly is most commonly found overseas. The tiny inspect poses a massive risk to crops because experts say it lays its eggs inside fruit, where eventually […]

Juicy News for Fruit Lovers

Fruit juices provide health benefits, but drink them in moderation. A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine, went an old TV commercial. Now we’re more concerned with the health benefits of juice than a sunny start to our day. You’ve seen the ads and read the headlines. Cranberry juice prevents urinary […]

PINEAPPLE – Postharvest and Processed Products

Introduction / Agronomy Postharvest and Processed Products Market and International Trade Research and Development   Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits | Rare Fruits Physiological Changes However, black heart (BH) disorder and post harvest diseases will shorten the storage life of fruits at low temperature. BH, a physiological disorder, is […]

PINEAPPLE – Introduction / Agronomy

Introduction / Agronomy Postharvest and Processed Products Market and International Trade Research and Development    Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits | Rare Fruits Introduction Pineapple is native to Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay of South America, a tropical perennial herb with multiple fruit. It is the only common food plant […]

FRANCE: When mangoes go green

FRANCE – Will organic soon be ploughing its furrow in mango orchards? This is the challenge set for the Biophyto project, selected following the Casdar 2011 call for projects, which is starting up in Réunion. The aim is to grow mangoes without using insecticides. This is an ambitious target. Bugs, inflorescence midges, scale insects and […]

SPAIN: Oranges and mandarins are inspected using artificial vision

SPAIN – Scientists at the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA, Spain) have created a machine that detects and separates rotten oranges, another that classifies mandarin segments according to their quality and another that helps citrus fruit pickers out in the field. All prototypes use computer vision to automatically inspect the fruits. Until now, rotten […]

MALAYSIA: China will warm to stinky ‘king of fruit’

MALAYSIA – The spiky, stinky tropical fruit known as the durian is an acquired taste. As Malaysia begins selling durians to China, farmers here in the southern part of the country hope middle-class Chinese will develop a preference for their home-grown version. “Our durians are the best. No-one else can compete,” Lim Kock Siong, a […]