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New Sensor Detects When Fruits And Vegetables Are Spoiling
2012-05-01 04:43:15

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com A new sensor may one day be able to help U.S. supermarkets prevent the loss of produce due to spoilage. According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), supermarkets in America lose about 10 percent of their fruits and vegetables every year to spoilage. MIT chemistry professor Timothy Swager and his students have built a new sensor that could help grocery stores get more efficient at combating the loss. Plants discharge ethylene, a gas that helps...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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