Bumpy road to perfect fruit

Project details

Status: Completed

Bananas get shaken around as they travel across the country in trucks from the plantation to the distribution centre, before arriving at stores.

PhD candidate Indika Fernando is researching the causes of mechanical damage in bananas along the post-harvest supply chain, and simulation is an important part of his research project.

Indika is currently testing the impact of vibration on bananas at the engineered packaging and distribution test lab in Melbourne in collaboration with the University of Victoria. These simulation tests will help develop tools to reduce banana wastage.

Published papers

The bumpy road to perfect fruit.

For more information contact:

Professor Roger Stanley


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.