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Exploring The Potential of Tropical Fruits As Food Preservatives and Nutraceutical Agents


The long term goal of this project is to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of Hawaii's diversified tropical crop systems.The specific objectives are to:Evaluate the antimicrobial activities of coffee cherry and ohelo berry extracts against E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes in nutrient-rich media;Determine the efficacy of coffee cherry and ohelo berry extracts for inactivating E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella,and L. monocytogenes on fresh-cut cantaloupe;Evaluate the stability of major nutraceutical compounds in coffee cherry and ohelo berry extracts under various food processing and storage conditions.

Li, YO; Nakamoto, ST
University of Hawaii
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