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Post-harvest disease control brought up to date

The European Commission (EC) has brought up to date the state-of-the-art on non-conventional methods for the control of post-harvest disease and microbiological spoilage, in a report of a joint workshop.

Held in Bologna, Italy, between 9 and 11 October 1997, the workshop focu...
The European Commission (EC) has brought up to date the state-of-the-art on non-conventional methods for the control of post-harvest disease and microbiological spoilage, in a report of a joint workshop.

Held in Bologna, Italy, between 9 and 11 October 1997, the workshop focused on work relating to the EC's cooperation in science and technology programmes, COST Actions 914 and 915.

COST cooperation takes the form of concerted Actions, which involve the coordination of national research. They are supported by the European Directorate General for Science, in particular DG XII/B1. COST Action 914 is aimed at validation of predictive models of microbial growth in foods (1994-1999), and COST Action 915 is aimed at consumer-oriented quality improvement of fruit and vegetable products (1995-2000).

The meeting, reported in this publication, aimed to bring together, for the first time, microbiologists and specialists in post-harvest pathology, protection packaging and storage, working on fresh fruit and vegetable products. Both the state-of-the-art and the results of fundamental and applied research concerning the control of post-harvest diseases by natural biocides and physical and biological methods were discussed, together with the microbial aspects of freshly-cut fruit and vegetables.

The publication gives an extensive overview of the proceedings of the joint workshop, which was attended by over 140 European experts in the field. Professor Paolo Bertolini, chairman of the organising committee for the workshop, praised the report, saying it "clearly shows the state-of-the-art in this field, the trend of the research and the future goals to be achieved."

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