Enhancing scientific understanding of the fruit’s journey from orchard to table
Our applied science is designed to bridge gaps in understanding, create value and improve returns for our clients, partners and collaborators.
Some snippets of our outputs are summarised below
The use of NIR technology holds exciting promise for the horticultural industry as a means to gain insight rapidly and non-destructively into the internal characteristics of fruit and vegetables, such as Dry Matter or sugar content. The technology works by shining white light into a fruit, and examining the light exiting the fruit. By applying a mathematical model to the levels of exiting light in targeted wavebands, predictions of internal characteristics can be attained in near real-time. Development of these models is the main challenge to industry, and a number of factors influencing model accuracy have been identified. All investigations to date have been done on kiwifruit, however there is interest to begin adapting the technology for the Apple industry.