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People & Culture

Stopping the rot

How a natural compound called hexanal is helping prevent India’s lucrative fruit crops from spoiling

  • May 04, 2018
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A farmer in India sprays hexanal on mango trees. Hexanal is a naturally-occurring compound that’s being used to prevent fruit crops in India from spoiling. (Photo: Vijay Kutty/IDRC) Expand Image
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Every year, up to 40 per cent of India’s lucrative fruit harvest is lost. A naturally occurring compound called hexanal could help change that. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

Visit the Charting Change website to read “Stopping the rot.”

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