Cherries tend to be a summer treat, but what if they were available fresh in the supermarket until Autumn?
PhD candidate Claire McCrory is working to extend the shelf life of sweet cherries. She is investigating how the supply chain, including temperature and logistics processes, affects cherry quality.
Using this data, Ms McCrory hopes to identify how she could help cherries stay fresh for longer and reduce cherry losses and waste across the season.
She is also looking into different types of packaging that will better withstand different temperatures and comparing these to grape bags.
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Read project article "Extending cherry season until Autumn"
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