Nano film keeps fruits, veggies fresh for two weeks

  • | Saturday | 23rd March, 2019

COIMBATORE: Scientists at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University are developing a nano film that can extend the shelf life of cut fruits , vegetables and salads by two weeks. “The film has ultraviolet-resistance properties and prevents fruits and vegetables from respiring or breathing. The film, made of plant fibres, can also replace plastic film wrapper.Realising the need for a better post-harvest technology, TNAU has been focusing on ways to extend shelf life of harvested crop and prevent infestations. “The film can be used to wrap bowls, trays and boxes of cut or uncut vegetables,” said Dr Subramanian, who is on the team developing the film. UV exposure and oxygen diffusion lead to spoilage of fruits and vegetables, especially cut ones.

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