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Environment-friendly packaging solutions for enhanced storage and quality of southern africa's fruit and nut exports

Objective

The primary aim of this project is to develop and manufacture novel high value edible coatings and films to improve the shelf-life quality of southern Africa's fruits and peanuts to enhance the growth of these important export industries. An inexpensive, renewable raw material , sorghum bran, from southern Africa' s indigenous sorghum cereal industry will be used to extract the protein airing, which is water insoluble, non-allergenic, and expected to have good gas barrier and mechanical properties, i.e. airing would make excellent edible barrier coatings. We will develop extraction and coating procedures and modifications of the protein, thermoplastic processing, sensory evaluation of coated fruits and peanuts and controlled release of preservatives from coatings to products, all through a multi-disciplinary approach in co-operation with the fruit export industry.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR FOOD RESEARCH AND BIOTECHNOLOGY AB
Address
Frans Perssons Vaeg 6
402 29 Goeteborg
Sweden

Participants (6)

CSIR - COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
Address
Meiring Naude Road
0001 Pretoria
INSTITUTE OF FOOD RESEARCH
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park, Colney
NR4 7UA Norwich
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
80125 Napoli
UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE
Mozambique
Address
Av. De Mocambique Km 1,4
Maputo
UNIVERSITY OF MAURITIUS
Mauritius
Address

Reduit
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria