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April / May 2022

Lipopeptides – From shake flasks to bioreactors

SA Fruit Journal: April / May 2022

Lipopeptides have proven themselves to be effective control agents for the prevention of postharvest disease caused by phytopathogens. Now the challenge is to move production out of laboratory shake flasks and into industrial-scale bioreactors. By Prof Robbie Pott (Associate Professor: Department of Process Engineering, SU)

For more than a decade now, scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) have been working on a biobased fungicide to control postharvest diseases on fresh fruit. Given food-safety and consumer-preference issues with traditional chemical treatments, the need for green chemistry to control fungal and bacterial postharvest diseases, and to replace commercial chemical compounds, has become more urgent in the agricultural sector.

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