Public relations webdesk. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have developed an edible biodegradable coating that will keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer.
According to officials, this coating will prove helpful in preventing wastage of fruits and vegetables. It was tested on potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, strawberries, mandarin oranges, apples, pineapples and kiwis. At this time, it was seen that fruits and vegetables can be kept fresh for about two months with this coating.
The team used a mixture of micro-algae extract and polysaccharides (a carbohydrate) to create this special coating. Research findings have been published in renowned journals including Royal Society of Chemistry Advances, Food Packaging and Shelf Life and American Chemical Society’s Food Science and Technology.
Waste will stop
“According to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 4.6 per cent of fruits and 15.9 per cent of vegetables are wasted after harvest. This is due to poor storage conditions. Post-harvest losses in some products like potatoes, onions and tomatoes are 19 per cent,” said Bimal Katiyar, professor of chemical engineering at IIT Guwahati. can be up to
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