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Irradiation of California fruits and vegetables

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E. C. Maxie, Department of Pomology, University of California, Davis
N. F. Sommer, Department of Pomology, University of California, Davis
F. G. Mitchell, University of California, Davis

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California Agriculture 24(12):14-15.

Published December 01, 1970

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In 1954, research was started on the effects of ionizing radiation on fresh fruits and vegetables. More information was needed because the claims then being made of long shelf lives for unrefrigerated irradiated commodities were biologically questionable. This article is a summary of 15 years work, and offers an evaluation of the commercial potential for irradiation of some major California commodities. Gamma rays from cobalt-60 were used in these tests, but the results would be comparable with other types of radiation; certainly, the commercial potential would not change. Only one California commodity, strawberries, showed promise for commercial application of radiation and even with this crop its use would depend on major changes in marketing conditions.

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Irradiation of California fruits and vegetables

E. C. Maxie, N. F. Sommer, F. G. Mitchell
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Irradiation of California fruits and vegetables

Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article
Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article

Authors

E. C. Maxie, Department of Pomology, University of California, Davis
N. F. Sommer, Department of Pomology, University of California, Davis
F. G. Mitchell, University of California, Davis

Publication Information

California Agriculture 24(12):14-15.

Published December 01, 1970

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

In 1954, research was started on the effects of ionizing radiation on fresh fruits and vegetables. More information was needed because the claims then being made of long shelf lives for unrefrigerated irradiated commodities were biologically questionable. This article is a summary of 15 years work, and offers an evaluation of the commercial potential for irradiation of some major California commodities. Gamma rays from cobalt-60 were used in these tests, but the results would be comparable with other types of radiation; certainly, the commercial potential would not change. Only one California commodity, strawberries, showed promise for commercial application of radiation and even with this crop its use would depend on major changes in marketing conditions.

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