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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01071

AcronymHORTNOSE

Proposal titleLOW-COST PORTABLE ELECTRONIC NOSE TO MANAGE HORTICULTURAL

PRODUCE

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

United Kingdom

Phone: 10795533225

Fax: 01795532422

Email: timbiddlecombe@compuserve.com

SME Proposer(s)

ALPHA-M.O.S.FranceS3

Last update18/6/2001

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