Food Nanotechnology Researchers in India and Canada Develop Nano-Film Packaging Materials to Extend Food Shelf-Life
One of the purposes of the project is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by reducing the costs. Researchers believe that this can be encouraged if waste is reduced, encouraging prices to drop. Currently, the lack of refrigeration and cold chain facilities in India results in an estimated 40% loss of fruit harvests.
The food nanotechnology that is being used to create the nano-film is based on a synthetic version hexanal, a substance that is found naturally in trace amounts in beans and cucumbers. Hexanal inteacts with an enzyme called phospholipase-D, which is responsible for fruit and vegetable deterioration.
For more see:
"Reducing fruit losses in India and Sri Lanka using nanotechnology," Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), International Development Research Centre, Canada.