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Effective teamwork between QCAP partners is essential

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QCAP unites seven partners and five associate partners around one goal: to create a monitoring system for fruit and vegetables in storage areas. The success of this project depends on effective teamwork. As the project leader, associate professor Dr Frans Harren (Radboud University, Nijmegen) is tasked with monitoring the progress of the project, working in close consultation with the partners to ensure the project objectives are achieved. He shares some details about his work. Read More

CAMA conference postponed

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The QCAP partners will present the latest research results and the potential of innovative interactive storage technology for the international postharvest community at the next XIIIth International Controlled and Modified Atmosphere Research Conference (CAMA). Unfortunately it is not yet clear when this meeting will take place, due to the Corona crisis. Read More

A study evening on ‘Storage innovations’ by QCAP partners

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On Thursday 28 March, VCBT together with MeBioS and KU Leuven held a study evening on the topic of storage innovations. In particular, they paid attention to the desired results of the QCAP project and which possibilities may open up to farmers as a result of the new sensor technology. The event was held in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Attendees included fruit growers and grower organisations that represented installers of storage technology. Read More

QCAP monitoring system will have a significant impact in German fruit region ‘Altes Land’

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When developing a technology for fresh agro products, one automatically involves ‘Altes Land’, the biggest contiguous fruit-producing region in North Europe. In the region family farms, grow about 10.000 ha of mainly apples, but also cherries, pears, plums and berries. An interview with Rolf Kirchhof from the Fruit Advisory Service of the Altes Land, who has been working as a storage consultant for more than 31 years. Read More

First ideas for QCAP follow-up project at ÉPRISE roadshow

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The QCAP monitoring system contains state-of-the-art sensor technology. By sending a laser light through an atmosphere sample and detecting the light output on the other side, it can determine traces of gases in complex gas mixtures. It will be used to investigate the health status of fruit and vegetables during storage. QCAP programme leader Frans Harren presented this system in Amsterdam at the two-day research and technology event ÉPRISE roadshow. Read More

Meet Angel Medina-Vaya, Senior Lecturer in Food Mycology at Cranfield University

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My research has focused on the impact that environmental stress has on the function of fungi. At Cranfield I had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in the Plant Science Laboratory on the early detection of fungal pathogens in stone fruits and strawberries. This is when my interest for the use of VOCs as biomarkers became one of the priorities in my research. Read More