Development of a new sustainable, long term solution, complying with IPM standards and the future EU Directive of sustainable use of pesticides, for the pear postharvest sector.

Pears are a highly perishable, seasonal product, they need to be picked up before maturation and should undergo through a postharvest treatment to be commercialized in optimal conditions along the year. During this process pear production can be significantly reduced due to decay, bacterial, fungi diseases or the scald .This pathology is due to oxidative processes and it provokes the browning of the pear surface. In order to fight against the pear losses, postharvest sector has in the past counted with synthetic chemical solutions such as ethoxyquin and DPA but many of these treatments aimed at the long conservation of pears are currently banned or on the verge of being banned.

The project RE-PEAR presented by a group of European SMEs and SME associations, is an Integrated Pest Management approach aiming to provide new, solutions for pear conservation based on natural products by:

1) by developing standardized Postharvest Management and Control Practices Guidelines unifying criteria to avoid possible unevenness within EU domestic market.

2) by producing a natural compound formula to act as an edible, degradable coating with natural antioxidant/ preservative and antibiotic properties in direct contact with pears.

3) by designing a novel industrial filter with optimized performance able to minimize the presence of fungi spores and bacteria within 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.

For more information please visit the website of REPEAR.