Status quo: the control group of strawberries grow rot and mold
UV-C light inhibits mold growth, but exacerbates existing rot and damage
UV-B light inhibits both mold and decay, with circled areas highlighting a damaged portion of the berry
Selective UV light keeps beautiful, lush strawberries that way even longer (Photo: Shutterstock)
A truism as old as strawberry picking is the observation that the juicier and tastier the strawberries, the more quickly the berries turn to a mushy heap of rot and mold, even in the fridge. An answer to longer fruit storage may come with research showing that selective UV light inhibits both decay and the growth of mold. With new LEDs able to produce specific types of UV light, we might see gadgets for use in the fridge that keep produce fresher longer.
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