Gain the insight to predict disorders in your high-value fruit
Add FreshCloud™ Predictive Screening to your program to protect the value of your premium crop.
Want to get the most consumer appeal and delicious quality from your Honeycrisp harvest? With FreshCloud Predictive Screening, you can now predict the risk of soft scald development on your Honeycrisp apples during storage by analyzing their unique genetic factors. Use it to make more informed storage management decisions to reduce storage losses, increase packouts and deliver the most premium experience to consumers.
Gene expression is the key
The genetic makeup of a given fruit variety is always identical, but all plants change in response to environmental factors. These environmental changes (e.g., orchard management practices, climate or geographical location) alter how genes are expressed—some genes get turned on, others don’t. By looking closely at those alterations to gene expression, we’re able to understand a specific orchard’s susceptibility to a disorder.
How FreshCloud Predictive Screening works
We analyze the juice from skin samples from the same orchard block (a total of 40 apples) to determine a risk index for soft scald. Knowing whether your fruit is at high, moderate or low risk will help you decide what to do post-harvest, such as market susceptible fruit early and store non-susceptible fruit longer.