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Effective control of Listeria on rockmelons through alternative post-harvest treatment methods

This project is determining the optimum postharvest strategies to reduce the risk of listeria contamination of rockmelons. Trials will test the effectiveness of five common sanitisers - chlorine, chlorine dioxide, e-water, peroxyacetic acid and nylate - against listeria. Each sanitisers’ effectiveness will be evaluated against concentration, dwell time, presence of organic material and sanitisation method used (dip/spray/brush).

A final trial will assess short, 45-second, high temperature treatments as a chemical free option that may also improve quality and storage life. Best practice recommendations for growers will be developed from the research.

Project date

25 Oct 2021-1 Nov 2022
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Principal investigator

Bianca Cairns

Project funded by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Cross industry Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Vegetables

Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia's horticulture industry. As one of the nation's 15 Rural …
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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  • Project date

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  • Research organisation

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