Updated Mar 01, 2018

Breaking the Mould

Part of Murdoch University

A plasma-based treatment that extends the life of fresh produce by delaying mould growth.


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Innovation Description

Our innovative use of plasma to treat fresh produce will decrease the amount of food being lost or wasted, meaning more people will have access to food, world-wide.Our approach will beneficially address both the supply and demand of fresh produce. Treatment with plasma kills moulds, as well as bacteria and viruses, from fresh fruit and vegetables. These pathogens directly impact the supply of fresh produce, and removing them will enable distributors to have more produce available for longer. In food insecure regions, this will mean less strain on the food supply, as people will not need to purchase additional food to replace decaying produce.