The project, managed by the University of Health Sciences with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, is planned to be completed within 2 years. A new chemical-free product, used as a disinfectant for hands and skin, will be tested for use in agriculture, so that fresh fruits and vegetables can be transported from the field to the shelves in rotten, spoiled or unsuitable condition. Once the project is completed, there will be no need to use chemicals used to kill the harmful effects of pesticides called bacteria, viruses and insects. Thus, the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables will be prevented from decay, and about 26 million tons of loss per year will be prevented.
The disinfectant in hand will be used in agriculture
This important project will bring a new lease of life to Turkish agriculture in collaboration with Maltep University, Food Safety Association, Adana Biological Control Research Institute, Alata Horticultural Research Institute, the largest chain market group in Turkey and fruit juice companies. The project will examine the large-scale use of ‘hypochlorous acid’ in agriculture, which is widely used as a disinfectant during epidemics and is preferred because it does not harm human health.
Hypochlorous acid obtained by electrolysis of salt water will be applied by spraying or dipping method on fresh fruits and vegetables in the field or greenhouse. Thus, from harvesting to consumption, efforts will be made to prevent agricultural products from rotting for many reasons like mold, dirt, dust and fungi. The advantages of the method will be measured in the situation in Turkey, and the data obtained will be used to popularize the use of hypochlorous acid in good agricultural practice. The same approach
It is widely used in agriculture in some countries like Netherlands, Russia, Japan. The product is preferred by the world as it does not contain chemical wastes in fruits and vegetables.
Project Coordinator, University of Health Sciences (SBU) Rector Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl and Dr. SBU Hamidiye, Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Health Sciences. Özge Dinç explained the project to DHA.
“50% of fruits and vegetables are wasted on the streets”
SBU Rector Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl stressed that according to the United Nations, about 1 billion people in the world have difficulty accessing food and 35,000 people die of starvation and drew attention to the vital importance of food security. Professor Dr. Erdoোলan said, “In addition, in our country, about 26 million tons of food is wasted, decomposed, damaged and discarded until it reaches the end consumer. In the chain market, especially fruits and vegetables before it reaches about 10 percent of consumers. About 50 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables are lost to the adventurous consumer from the beginning. A project led by our university was launched to prolong the life of fresh vegetables and fruit shelves, protecting them from decay and discarded. The most important output of this project. , Which will last for 2 years, this means we will probably be able to save most millions of tons of it from being thrown away. This will probably stop the price of fruits. It is not a substance that harms people or living things. It will allow adventurers to transport them in a healthy way. “
To prevent ‘export rejection’ due to chemical residues
SBU Hamidiye Institute of Health Sciences, Lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology. Çzge Dinç states that hypochlorous acid, which was used to disinfect hands and skin during the epidemic, was classified as safe for food contact by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dinç said: “After the collection of fresh fruits and vegetables in our country and around the world, various protective chemicals are used. The products come back. Hypochlorous acid is working. In this sense, it is very convenient without leaving harmful residues and providing a high level of microbial protection.
“We plan to get Turkey data”
Noting that hypochlorous acid is widely used in agriculture in some countries like Russia, Japan and the Netherlands, Dr. Dink says the reason it has not spread widely in Turkey is because of the lack of data on how it will be applied to a large-scale application in terms of our country’s agriculture and supply. Dinç says: “Physical differences in the logistics chain, temperature differences brought by both distance and season actually affect product degradation more than other European countries. So, through this project, we aim to obtain ‘Turkey data’. By conducting research, we will ensure proper use of hypochlorous acid in agriculture in our own country. The place, Hypochlorous Acid, we want to justify the widespread use of acid in agriculture. “
“Even one day delay in storage will bring economic benefits”
Dinch said the project would measure the extent to which damage to fruits and vegetables could be prevented and that there was no loss of food value. “When the project is completed, the product will be approved by the Ministry of Agriculture.” We will conduct a ‘real-scale’ trial of the acid. Logistic network with various data loggers. “Once the project is completed and implemented, there will be a delay in food loss. Not only will this one day give us economic benefits, we will also breathe new life into the Turkish agricultural sector through this project, “he said. Dr. Çzge Dinç added that laboratory-scale forms of hypochlorous acid derived from salt water could generate up to 15 tons per month in their own production generators.