SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources
Proposal number EXAW-1999-01071
Proposal titleLOW-COST PORTABLE ELECTRONIC NOSE TO MANAGE HORTICULTURAL
AbstractCostly and destructive technologies are used to determine the quality of perishable
horticultural produce to satisfy consumer demands and EC Food Quality standards.
Farmers, distributors and service providers cite the need for rapid non-destructive QA
techniques to aid the industry (worth 20 billion Euro a year).The project proposes to
deliver a user- friendly portable aroma detector capable of determining produce quality at
any stage in the post-harvest chain. The research objectives are to identify aroma
compounds emanating from test produce and to test and select appropriate aroma sensors
and an aroma sampling system. Appropriate software and data handling systems will be
refined to produce easily interpretable information that identifies the condition of the
produce. These sampling, electronic detection and data interpretation systems will be
encompassed in a hand-held instrument.
Key ActionQOL-1. Key action Food, Nutrition and Health
Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001
Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase3 months
SME CoordinatorMR COLIN TIMOTHY BIDDLECOMBECompany sizeS3
FARM ADVISORY SERVICES TEAM LTD.
NORTH STREET, SHELDWICH
ME13 0LN - FAVERSHAM