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High-reliability, non-chemical disinfestation system of fruits and vegetables

Objective

The agricultural sector is a significant contributor to EU member economies. The European Union is the largest market player, contributing about 20 percent to the total fresh fruit and vegetable trade. Despite extensive production, pest infestation (i.e. all forms of insects) is a major problem in post-harvest processing, including in storage, packing and transportation of agricultural commodities. The quality of stored produce decreases rapidly due to pest infestation with cost implications for producers and dealers who cannot increase the time-to-market of their products. Pesticides in the form of fumigants are widely used during post-harvesting and are particularly suitable for killing pests, as on-field fumigation usually cannot guarantee absolute disinfestation. Pests can develop resistance to pesticides and often survive in the form of eggs or larvae. Furthermore, rain can easily attenuate the effects of fumigants. Despite the fact that fumigants help to control infestations, maintain the appealing appearance of produce longer and maximize storage time, increasing regulations on pesticide use and consumer selectivity of the foods they eat are creating a competitive threat to SME profit margins. Consortium SMEs have identified a clear need for the development of a system for the effective post-harvest disinfestation of fruits and vegetables. The proposed CLEANFRUIT system will consist of a reliable, non-invasive, rapid on-line disinfestation system using Radiofrequency (RF) technology that is economical and effective for treatment of a large range of produce. The commercial objective of CLEANFRUIT is to increase SME competitiveness by providing an effective alternative for pesticides which can increase storage to market time, allow consortium SMEs to more easily comply with EU legislation on pesticide use and meet consumer demands for healthier produce.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/root crop
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 52 110
Administrative Contact
Melinda Kuthy (Ms.)

Participants (9)

ITC SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 125 619
Address
Bd Marasti 61 Sector 1
011464 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gheorghe Nedelcu (Mr.)
CHADWICK MUSHROOM FARM LTD
Malta
EU contribution
€ 133 102
Address
Tas Salib - Limiti Tar Rabat
RBT 4206 Rabat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gauci Saviour (Mr.)
CENTRUM ROZVOJA ZAHRADNICTVA, SPOLSRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 136 340
Address
Hornonitrianska Iii 956-20
97101 Prieviddza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ladislav Pecho (Dr.)
TTI NORTE, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 132 827
Address
C/ Albert Einstein 14
39011 Santander
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Peña (Mr.)
OSV SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 136 659
Address
Via Roma Nord 135
46020 Villa Poma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberta Gorni (Ms.)
HAVEVRA LEMICHKAR UPITUACH KIRUR PEROT K S LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 122 346
Address
Southern Industrial Zone
10200 Kiryat Shmona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruth Ben-Arie (Ms.)
PURES DARZKOPIBAS IZMEGINAJUMU STAC IJA AKCIJU SABIEDRIBA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 116 815
Address
Abavas 2 Pure
3124 Tukums
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janis Lepsis (Mr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 24 858
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Romagosa (Ms.)
I2LRESEARCH LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 19 620
Address
Capital Business Park
CF3 2PX Cardiff
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Mcewen (Dr.)