Wageningen University & Research was represented by several fruit experts at Fruit Logistica. There were plenty of opportunities for the WUR experts to show what the solutions developed in Wageningen can do for companies in the global fruit trade.
Janneke de Kramer talked about new robots that use advanced technology to help with the quality inspection of a crop. There was a demonstration of the High-speed 3D inspector during Fruit Logistica. A fruit grower can detect abnormalities in food products by creating 360-degree scans with high speed cameras. These cameras are cheaper than expensive laser scanners and are suitable for a wide range of products such as potatoes, bulbs, and fruit.
Packaging and cooling
Expert Mathijs Montsma showed how the quality of fresh fruit can be kept at its optimal level and how it can be delivered to the consumer without any losses with the use of sustainable methods. During Fruit Logistica, visitors could examine some of these innovations up close, such as the dynamic packaging material that can adjust the air permeability based on varying storage conditions.
Bananas and fungi
Gert Kema, banana expert at Wageningen University & Research, was invited to talk about the fungi that endanger banana harvests and how Wageningen University & Research can make recommendations to large and small companies regarding how to tackle this. The solutions Kema discussed are long-term solutions, while small banana plantations also require practical short-term solutions for aggressive soil fungi at the same time.