Pg. 28-33 Report on the 1997/8 Season Litchi Post-Harvest Trails

A study was conducted to evaluate a range of potentially effective post-harvest treatments for HLH Mauritius and McLeans Red litchis. The results indicated that the two cultivars require completely different research approaches. Good results were achieved with sulphur free treatments for HLH Mauritius and well structured semi-commercial trials under the auspices of the research team are recommended. Poor results were, however, attained with McLean’s Red. Not only did the currently applied techniques result in poor shelf life, but sulphur residues were unacceptably high in certain cases. It is therefore proposed that, in the coming season a thorough epidemiological survey should be conducted with the aim of optimizing the currently applied techniques.

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