Innovative emerging end-point treatments for improved market access of horticultural commodities
Horticultural industries use quarantine treatments to ensure the supply of pest free commodities for export and interstate markets. Growing public concerns over pesticide residues in fruit and vegetable has led to the recent removal of Dimethoate from some postharvest uses in Australia. This warrants the development of new chemical free treatments for insect disinfestation. Microwave and radio frequency heat produce volumetrically and can potentially reduce peel, epidermis or surface damage associated with conventional heating. These alternative heating technologies can lead to shorter treatment times, improve energy efficiency, as well as positively impact on environmental sustainability through chemical free processing. Other innovative technologies such as high-pressure and ultrasound processing have also been evaluated for the inactivation of insect pests of fruit and vegetables. This review will provide an overview of these emerging innovative technologies and highlight their effectiveness and efficiency as alternative pest disinfestation treatments.
Gamage, T.V., Xu, X.-Q., Swiergon, P., Sanguansri, P. and Knoerzer, K. (2015). Innovative emerging end-point treatments for improved market access of horticultural commodities. Acta Hortic. 1105, 307-314
disinfestation, microwaves, radio-frequency heating, high-pressure-processing, ultrasound