The rationale of the PHEALING project is that plant healing represents an important genetic potential to reduce post-harvest losses with limited reliance on storage facilities that are costly and energy consuming. The use of natural plant healing mechanisms and microbial antagonists have the potential to lead to methods that can be applied across a wide range of varieties preferred by growers, consumers and industries.
We hypothesise that plant healing could expand to most crops and therefore the project builds on the selection of three crop species that can be considered as model because of for their consumed organs fruit (tomato), tuber (potato) and storage root (cassava) and their reported high levels of post-harvest losses.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.