Enhanced Control of Fruit Ripening
Ethylene is a growth hormone for fruits and vegetables that is generated by the plants themselves; that is, it acts as a self-ripening agent. Hence, the removal of ethylene gas can play a central role in maintaining the freshness of these products. Whereas the temperature and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide gases are also important system variables that demand a significant economic investment in order to maintain fresh produce, it is the effects of uncontrolled ethylene gas that lead to significant amounts of product loss for both the wholesale and retail distributions of these foods. Importantly, much of the loss manifests itself as a reduced food quality rather than actual product loss. This SBIR program introduces a novel technique for the selective, controlled destruction and removal of ethylene. A successful control of the ethylene gas concentration would lead to a greater preservation of fruits and vegetables. In turn, these items could be shipped longer distances and over extended times, features that would enhance their value greatly. The overall purpose of the present project is to develop a low-cost, drop-in module that is a viable alternative to high-cost alternatives.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
325 Water St. null Wilmington, DE 19804
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