North Carolina researchers to display mobile cooling unit

11/13/2012 01:08:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

North Carolina university researchers are sponsoring a session on a mobile cooling unit developed at the university.

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health InstituteAt the Nov. 27 Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C., researchers with N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute plan to demonstrate how to use the Pack ‘N Cool refrigerated trailer developed to preserve fruits and vegetables during transport to farmers markets.

The Kannapolis-based institute’s session, “Capitalize on Commodity Postharvest,” is designed to help growers discover ways to use technology for more affordable cooling systems, according to a news release.

Information on postharvest quality, including produce condition, shelf life and cooling system costs are part of the session.

“We will provide low-cost solutions for growers who want to increase their product while keeping infrastructure costs down,” Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a postharvest physiologist and institute professor, said in the release. “Growers doing direct market, local grown or farm-to-table programs should find the session especially valuable.”

The session includes tours of a forced-air cooler and the institute’s mobile refrigeration trailer.

In its 27th year, the expo is organized by the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association in association with the university, the South Carolina Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Association and Clemson University.



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