Globally, over 25% of produced citrus fruits are endangered by postharvest losses, much of which is attributed to fungal infections. Post-harvest decay in citrus could be regularly initiated from infections between flowering and fruit maturity or during harvesting, handling and storage processes.
Wound infections are responsible of the majority of citrus postharvest decay and occur through imposed surface wounds by fungal pathogens such as Penicillium digitatum, P. italicum, Trichoderma viride and Geotrichum candidum. Among the wound pathogens, green mold (P. digitatum) and blue mold (P. italicum) are the most deteriorative agents of citrus decay worldwide.
Befresh™ CT is antifungal culture formulated by Lactobacillus paracasei, Pseudomonas syringae, Chitosan, specially designed to protect against Protection against Stem end, black rot (Alternaria citri), green mold (Penicillium digitatum), blue mold (Penicillium italicum), sour rot (Geotrichum candidum), and Whisker mould (Penicillium ulaiense) in citrus fruits.