FOR the last eleven years, contact has been maintained between the work of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on the transport and storage of food and an important branch of industry through the Department's Covent Garden Laboratory in Endell Street, London. This Laboratory has provided an excellent place for keeping under survey the condition of produce passing through our markets generally and for diagnosing or tracing to their source the different types of wastage and deterioration in fruit and vegetables. Samples of fruits showing wastage or abnormal features are collected from the market or are brought to the Laboratory by salesmen. Often the trouble can be diagnosed at once, but sometimes it is desirable to get the diagnosis confirmed by the Low Temperature Research Station at Cambridge or the Ditton Laboratory. The Covent Garden Laboratory also receives for examination samples of consignments of fruits new or comparatively new to Great Britain, such as mangoes, mangosteens and papaws. The interest taken in this work has now made it necessary to leave Endell Street for larger premises, which were opened by Sir Frank Smith on June 28. These are situated on the top floor of Nos. 9–13 Kean Street.