The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products is training innovative, ‘industry savvy’ food scientists who will contribute to the development of the fresh produce sector through new products with improved shelf life and quality.
The Centre was launched in December 2015 with Australian Government funding of $2.2 million through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program.
With $4.2 million total funding, the Centre is a collaboration with Woolworths, the University of Tasmania, and Australia-wide industry partners and researchers. The Centre is located at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.
The Centre’s PhD students are working collaboratively with industry to analyse the market and develop new fruit and vegetable products with improved shelf life and quality. Their research includes projects on:
- Packaging to improve freshness and shelf life of produce
- The sustainability of greenhouse growing
- Reducing potato greening
- Extending the shelf life of baby spinach and other leafy salad vegetables
- Banana supply chain damage
- Minimising 'resin canal disorder' in mangoes
- Motivations for buying organic food
- Extending the shelf life of cherries
- Improving the quality of 'fresh cut' fruit (watermelon)
- Extending the shelf life of watermelon
- Reducing salad green waste
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Send us an email: innovativehort.ARC@utas.edu.au