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PhD study could help reduce pomegranate industry’s plastic footprint and fruit waste

​An idea that could eventually help shrink the pomegranate industry's plastics footprint and can curb food losses along its value chain. That's what a newly graduated PhD student in Horticultural Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU), Dr Tatenda Kawhena, came up with when he developed an edible coating that extends the storage and shelf life of this Mediterranean fruit.