New agreements have been arranged to extend international research collaboration and student exchange between DTU and Tec De Monterrey. DTU and the Mexican university Tec De Monterrey are now making it possible for Mexican students to do a research internship at selected DTU departments.
In one project, Danish and Mexican researchers are working together on an invention for how to preserve strawberries. The research collaboration also involves a research trainee from Tec De Monterrey.
Together, they have invented a coating of biodegradable, edible bioplastic with antifungal and antibacterial properties that increase the postharvest life of strawberries. This makes it possible to improve the quality of the strawberries. Today, strawberries are a major export product for both Mexico and Denmark, but up to half the strawberries produced in the two countries never arrive on the market due to a short postharvest life.