A new system in fruit storage dramatically increases the shelf life of produce, its developers claim.

The Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere system works by changing the gases in the atmosphere surrounding the fruit during storage to the requirements of the fruit itself, according to Angelo Zanella from the Research Centre for Agriculture and Floristry in Laimburg, Italy.

Fruit were therefore able to be kept fresh for longer, he said.

The UK horticulture industry is discussing how the technique can best be applied in this country, said David Johnson of East Malling Research.