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Date: Jul 28, 2017

BOOST FUND Project RIPE - Ripening Delay of Climateric Fruits by Peptides Worldwide, a tremendous amount of food is lost during harvest, transportation and storage. This challenge is being addressed within the BioSC project RIPE. Its focus lies on the plant hormone ethylene, which influences fruit ripening.

Synthetic peptides derived from proteins involved in the ethylene response provide a promising starting point to delay ripening and senescence of fruits and vegetables and thereby preventing spoilage without the need of transgenic plants. Within the project RIPE, these ripening-inhibiting peptides and their application on different types of fruit will be optimized to promote the potential commercial usage of innovative ripening inhibitors.

Post-harvest experiments were carried out to analyse if the isolated peptide really has the desired effect on the ripening process. Therefore, our group of Prof. Noga  applied different concentrations of the peptide NOP-1 on the surface of apples and tomatoes and was indeed able to observe a delay of the ripening process. Furthermore it was investigated if the application of peptides has any influence on quality parameters of treated apples and tomatoes. Fortunately that was not the case.

You can find further information in the BioSC Newsletter: https://www.biosc.de/July_2017?type=2&id=1020

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