Industry representative: Nigel Jenner, Norman Collett Ltd.
HDC project cost: £27,338
UK production of Gala is expected to increase by 40% over the next three years. To provide a market for this fruit there is a need to extend the marketing period of UK Gala into April/ May by developing protocols for retaining good flavour of long-stored fruit.
The results from Phase 1 of the project will provide information to help to identify the harvest maturity and storage regimes that can maintain the eating quality of Gala for longer, and furthermore, will provide initial information on the impact of orchard history on fruit quality.
(ii) To establish optimum harvest maturity and methods to assess this in order to provide fruit with good eating quality after long-term storage
(iii) To disseminate recommendations to growers.