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Maximizing freshness and minimizing losses of agriculture products through automated atmosphere management in storage facilities

Project description

Tracing gases to reduce loss of fresh produce

Sustainable food production has played an important role since the early days of civilisation, and it is especially crucial today. Agricultural produce contributes to the production of other foods as well as constituting a product in itself. Unfortunately, fresh produce is highly unsustainable: 33 % of fresh fruit and vegetables is lost or wasted, especially during long-term storage, resulting in severe financial losses for the food industry. The EU-funded MAX-FRESH project aims to combat this problem by developing the first automated multispecies trace gas sensor allowing the detection of seven volatile gases that indicate ripening, fermentation, damage or rotting of the produce. This will support the reduction of lost fresh produce by up to 50 % as well as extend the storage life of such products.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

STOREX BELGIE
Address
Zavelstraat 7/A
9190 Stekene
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 686 875

Participants (3)

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 645 017,50
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 425 250
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENSEAIR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 408 751
Address
Po Box 96
820 60 Delsbo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)