The Felix Instruments F-750 Produce Quality Meter, which instantly measures dry matter, Brix, moisture content, and color in produce, will be the subject of four workshops presented at the 2014 International Horticultural Congress (IHC). Researchers from University of California-Davis and Central Queensland University are among those presenting data using the F-750 to analyze dry matter, color, and sugar content in pre- and postharvest mangos, tomatoes, and cherries.
The F-750 is a handheld instrument that measures ripeness of fruits in pre- and postharvest states.
âThe potential for targeted spectroscopy for improving harvest and postharvest management is enormous. The F-750 makes analysis easy â fit offers handheld data collection that can be carried from tree to tree, orchard to orchard, and then brought inside to the packinghouse, storage rooms, deliver trucks, right into the grocery store. It starts in the field and adds up to offering a better product on supermarket shelves,â says Michael Larman, general manager of Felix Instruments.
Consumer demand for high-grade produce, the need to increase cost-effectiveness in harvesting decisions, and the challenges of long-term shipping and storage are all factors creating the demand for commercial sensor solutions for horticultural producers.
âRipeness and flavor, the most important metrics for fruit quality, can now be pinpointed while the fruit is still on the tree. The F-750 data makes it possible to customize an ideal harvest outcome, from orchard to packing house,â says Leonard Felix, president of CID Bio-Science, the parent company of Felix Instruments.
The F-750 will be featured in several presentations during the âNon-destructive Assessment of Fruit Attributes Symposiumâ at the IHC, one of the largest horticultural conferences in the world. This yearâs focus on non-destructive sensor solutions at the IHC is indicative of the growing demand for applied technologies in produce management.
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Source: Felix Instruments news release