Agri-Food

Agri-Food

Research is conducted to develop opportunities related to health-promoting phytochemicals in horticultural crops; mitigate microbiological contamination (Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli) of fresh and minimally-processed horticultural products; investigate natural antimicrobials of bacterial and plant origin against spoilage and pathogenic organisms; and develop postharvest technologies to maintain fruit and vegetable quality during extended commercial storage.

Successful solutions

  • Supported development of the commercially successful Van Dyk’s Wild Blueberry Juice, Nova Agri’s fresh-cut vegetables, and PEI Berry’s wild blueberry puree.

  • Conducted research on health-related bioactives in fruits and vegetables (e.g., blueberries, spinach). The research on blueberries has garnered international attention and has benefited blueberry sales.

  • Identified genetic basis of apple fruit quality attributes.

  • Published and distributed to producers a comprehensive blueberry disease guide.