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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Project name Banana supply chain damage
Funding bodies Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program, Woolworths & University of Tasmania
Lead researcher Dr Jiangang Fei (AMC), Dr Hossein Enshaei (AMC), Professor Roger Stanley (TIA)
Student Indika Fernando
Partners Costa, Australian Maritime College (AMC)

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.

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