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

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The pear growers sector is facing a period of turmoil at the moment after the implantation of new European legislation concerning the sustainable use of pesticides as a result of public opinion and mounting pressure from the Distribution Networks. Many of the most popular fruit conventional post-harvest treatments aimed at the long conservation of pears are currently banned or on the verge of being banned.
REPEAR PROJECT has been design to overcome the current problems of the pear production sector after the changes in the EU legislation about pesticides (Directive 2009/128/EC). The objectives of the project are:

  • The preparation of PMCP guidelines aimed at minimizing the risk of contamination of pears entering the postharvest phase and during the postharvest period. These guidelines will be compliant with Directive 2009/128/EC.
  • Development of an anti-scalding and fungicide coating based in natural product onto pears in the postharvest treatment.
  • Novel air filtration system to minimize the presence of fungi spores and bacteria in pear conservation chambers.

By achieving the targeted objectives REPEAR project will help the pears production sector reducing the losses during post-harvest treatments with a solution according to EU legislation.