Recently, Indian researchers have developed a new coating from oats and wheat for various fruits that can extend the shelf life and overcome the country ’s cold chain challenge in a cheap and effective way.
The technology was developed by the National Institute of Agricultural Food Biotechnology (NABI) in India and consists of a composite material extracted from wheat straw and oat bran. The ingredient extracted from wheat straw is cellulose arabinoxylan, and the extracted from oat bran is β-glucan stearate (SABGs). These ingredients are made into a water-based emulsion-based coating and applied to fresh fruits such as apples and pears. Applying the formulation to fruits at various concentrations (1% to 4%), it was found that in apples, the shelf life was significantly increased.
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