Produce Gets A Fresh Lease On Life On The Vine
When mold creeps across strawberries, customers flee. Scientists at Cornell University's Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., are fighting back with mold-eating enzymes derived from a soil-based fungus called trichoderma. This fungus releases enzymes that digest chitin, the sugar chains that strengthen the mold's cell walls, causing the cells to leak cytoplasm and die.
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