Baby salad leaves will last longer in your fridge

Project details

Status: Completed

For her PhD project, Vongai Dakwa is figuring out how to make baby salad leaves, such as baby spinach, stay fresh in your fridge for longer.

“Baby leafy salad vegetables have a high respiration rate and short shelf life of about 12 days and I’m working with Houston’s Farm to increase this and meet consumer demand, while retaining quality and food safety,” Vongai said.

“We also want to reduce product wastage, as losses can occur along the supply chain and during retail storage for various reasons, including lapses in temperature control.”

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Professor Tom Ross


With $4.2 million total funding, the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products was a collaboration with Woolworths, the University of Tasmania, and Australia-wide industry partners and researchers. The Centre was located at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.