Mite and insect disinfestation of lychee fruit using high pressure water sprays (LY18000)
What’s it all about?
Earlier levy-funded project Treatment for mites on lychee fruit after irradiation for improved market access (LY16002) looked at using oil treatments, and water sprays in combination with oil treatments, for removing mite and other insect pests on lychee fruit. This is of particular importance for quarantine export markets (and especially those where irradiation protocols are used), where fruit needs to be free of surface pests including mites.
This new work will be looking at optimising the efficacy of high-pressure water application to remove surface pests prior to packing, irradiation and export. This approach has the potential to allow higher throughput on the packing line.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Lychee Fund