Hence, pear post-harvest sector is in the urgent need of new sustainable and natural antioxidant and fungicide solutions.

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IRTA ENIRTA is a public research institution, part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action of the regional Government of Catalonia, Spain. The Postharvest Physiology and Technology sub-programme has focused its activity on the study of the biochemical Physiology and Biochemistry of fruit during storage and/or under stress conditions. Their work includes the determination of the physiological response of fruit under stress, the follow up of fruit ripening and physiological disorders during storage and the optimization and implementation of new alternatives to prevent physiological disorders. The Postharvest Pathology group is actually working on alternative methods to reduce the use of chemicals in controlling postharvest diseases on fruits. All IRTA personnel involved have participated in several EU and Spanish R&D Projects as well as in direct collaborations with different companies. It has wide experience in alternative methods to control postharvest diseases on citrus, pome and stone fruits and grapes, especially related to biological control. 571 employees, turnover 46,000,000.00€, balance 9,000,000.00€

IRTA contact person: Christian Larrigaudiere, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Mobile: (0034) 973 032 850, http://www.irta.cat