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Cold Plasma Technology: Future Food Could Easily Be Made Mold-Free

October 19, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Plant scientists in Australia are testing the use of cold lightning plasma technology to extend the life of fruits and vegetables by keeping them mold-free. Food passes under a cold “flame” plasma, similar to lightning in a storm, that kills bacterial, fungal and viral contaminations. Plant scientist Kirsty Bayliss says the technology could result in a higher yield, greater revenue, and a chemical-free product that is more attractive to buyers. She has worked extensively with strawberry and avocado growers, treating mold and extending shelf life. "We've had avocados that are three weeks after harvest and are still fresh," she says, adding that the next major step for the technology is to create a company and garner investment.[Image Credit: © Murdoch University]
"Cold lightning keeps food fresh", Daily Business Alerts (Australia), October 19, 2018, © Business News
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