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What is Postharvest Food Preservation?

Once a farmer has spent hard effort, time and money growing and harvesting a crop, this crop will need to be stored to eventually feed the world.  These crops are perishable and the pests and diseases that affect the crop in the field continue while in storage.  To protect our food supply, MustGrow is testing its technology on post harvest and food preservation. 

Currently, there are four target areas:

  • Stored Potatoes – sprout inhibitor and disease control;
  • Stored Grains – control of mycotoxins; 
  • Shipping Containers – disease and pest control; and
  • Food Borne Pathogens – E.coli, salmonella, listeria.

Stored Potatoes

Post-harvest sprout suppression is a key element of potato storage.  The current annual European sprout suppression market is estimated at US$64 million and over US$100 million globally.  The leading agrochemical product for sprout suppression, chlorpropham (CIPC), was banned by the European Union on Oct. 8, 2020. 

Although the ban was anticipated, no effective treatment alternatives have emerged – creating a major problem for existing potato storage sites.

MustGrow is advancing a mustard-derived solution for the food storage industry (particularly potatoes), combining our expertise in mustard-derived active ingredients with an exclusive patent licensed from the University of Idaho.

Read Our November 2020 News Release: MustGrow Secures Patent for Fumigation of Stored Vegetables and Grains

Stored Grains

Storage Biopesticide for Bulk Grain and Fresh Produce

  • MustGrow’s active ingredient, AITC, has potential use in controlling pests and diseases in bulk grain storage.
  • AITC controls pests and diseases in the soil, so why not treat these same pests and diseases post harvest? With our mustard extract technology, we believe we now have the practical way to protect food in multiple markets including bulk grain storage.
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Crops

  • Fresh Produce – Postharvest disease and insect pest control.
  • Ornamentals and Floriculture – Disease and insect pest control.
  • Cereals and Corn Postharvest disease and toxin control
  • Potato, onion, garlic, other root and tuber – Pre- and post-harvest sprouting control.
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Pests

Documented literature control across wide range of diseases and pests.

  • Fusarium
  • Botrytis
  • Verticillium
  • Rhizoctonia
  • Pythium
  • Phytophthora
  • Penicillium
  • Toxins
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Chemical Standards

  • Organochlorine
  • Organophosphorus
  • Carbamates
  • Pyrethroids
  • Insect growth regulators
  • Fumigants

PROJECTED GLOBAL MARKET

  • ~1.3 billion tonnes of food loss annually.
  • ~US$2.6 trillion lost due to waste.
  • Food preservation and storage market is growing at an exponential rate.
  • Continued chemical deregulation and regulations in all storage and preservation markets.
  • Sprouting control market being disrupted due to chemical deregulations.

Key De-Risking Catalysts

  • Validate spectrum of efficacy and control in lab and small-scale storage containers.
  • Continued aggressive patent filings.
  • Aggressively find development partner in the shipping or food industry.

Shipping Containers

Storage Biopesticide for Shipping Containers

  • MustGrow’s active ingredient, AITC, has potential use in controlling pests and diseases in shipping containers.
  • AITC controls pests and diseases in the soil, so why not treat these same pests and diseases post harvest?  With our mustard extract technology, we believe we now have the practical way to protect food in multiple markets  including potentially shipping containers.
  • MustGrow could provide a natural, organic biofumigant solution with a very short half life and no residual with the goal to replace harmful synthetic fumigants currently being used in shipping containers. 
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Crops

  • Fresh Produce – Postharvest disease and pest control.
  • Ornamentals and Floriculture – Disease and insect pest control.
  • Cereals and Corn – Postharvest disease and toxin control.
  • Potato, Onion, Garlic, and other Root & Tuber – Pre- and post-harvest sprouting control.
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Pests

Documented literature control across wide range of diseases and pests.

  • Fusarium
  • Botrytis
  • Verticillium
  • Rhizoctonia
  • Pythium
  • Phytophthora
  • Penicillium
  • Toxins
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Chemical Standards

  • Organochlorine
  • Organophosphorus
  • Carbamates
  • Pyrethroids
  • Insect growth regulators
  • Fumigants

PROJECTED GLOBAL MARKET

  • ~1.3 billion tonnes of food loss annually.
  • ~US$2.6 trillion lost due to waste.
  • Food preservation and storage market is growing at an exponential rate.
  • Continued Chemical deregulation and regulations in all storage and preservation markets.
  • Sprouting control market being disrupted due to chemical deregulations.

Key De-Risking Catalysts

  • Validate Spectrum of Efficacy and Control in lab and small-scale storage containers.
  • Continued aggressive patent filings.
  • Aggressively find Development partner in the shipping or food industry.

Food Borne Pathogens

Biopesticide for Foodborne Pathogens

  • MustGrow’s active ingredient, AITC, has a potential use in controlling pests and diseases in a variety of different areas.  What about for germs that are foodborne pathogens? 
  • AITC has been shown in literature to control pathogens. With our mustard-derived extract, we potentially could have a natural and organic solution for pathogens that cause food recalls (chicken or spinach for example) and in some cases, kidney damage or death.
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Crops

  • Fresh Produce – specifically leafy greens
  • Fresh and processed meat – Beef, poultry and pork
  • Fresh and packaged fish
  • Processed food products
  • Grains
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Pests

Documented use of AITC to control a wide range of foodborne pathogens.

  • E.coli
  • Salmonella
  • Listeria
  • Staphylococcus
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Chemical Standards

  • Alcohol
  • Chlorine
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Iodophors
  • Ortho-phthaladehyde
  • Peracetic acid
  • Phenolics

PROJECTED GLOBAL MARKET

  • ~600 million cases per year.
  • ~420,000 deaths (40% in children under 5 years of age).
  • WHO estimates that 33 million years of healthy lives lost each year to unsafe food.
  • ~US$110 billion loss per year in productivity and medical expenses.
  • Global treatment cost of ~US$15 billion.

Key De-Risking Catalysts

  • Validate spectrum of efficacy and control in lab on leafy greens.
  • Application and residue testing.
  • Continued aggressive patent filings.
  • Aggressively find development partner in the shipping or food industry.

Get In Touch  

Phone: +1.306.668.2652
Email: info@mustgrow.ca