27 Jan, 2014 @ 06:30
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100 day pomegranates developed by Spanish researchers


A TEAM of Spanish researchers has produced high quality pomegranates with a shelf life of almost 100 days.

The new variety also required 40% less water during cultivation, according to the scientists at Murcia’s Institute of Plant Biotechnology of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) .

The fruits are ideal for the processing industry, to be sold peeled, washed, packed and ready for consumption, reaching in this case a shelf life of 20 days.

As a result of post-harvest treatments, the fruit is rich in healthy bioactive compounds.

Murcia is one of the regions most affected by water shortages in Spain; consequently, many research groups are currently looking for strategies that can help reduce water consumption in agriculture.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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