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Using the Felix F-750 Produce Quality Meter – a guide for users

A 9-page guide on the use of the NIR F-750 Produce Quality Meter in the mango orchard, assembled by the Australian Mango Industry Association –   https://www.industry.mangoes.net.au/resource-collection/2017/1/27/using-the-felix-f-750-produce-quality-meter-a-guide-for-users

Using Near-Infrared Analysis in Breeding Programs, Harvest, Post-Harvest & Packaging Innovation

Featured in 40 peer-reviewed and published research papers, the Felix Instruments F-750 Produce Quality Meter is an incredibly powerful NIR tool that can be used effectively in many areas of agriculture. Currently being used in breeding programs, during the growing season, at harvest, in post-harvest and even in packaging innovation, we will discuss who is… Continue reading…

Using Dry Matter as a Reliable Harvest Indicator for Vegetables

Dry Matter in Vegetables The use of dry matter to fix harvest time is well-established for fruits. This practice is, however, not wide-spread for vegetables, except for tomatoes. Many vegetables are consumed before ripening and eaten at various stages of fruit development. So, is dry matter estimation useful in the case of vegetables? Recent research… Continue reading…

Using Dry Matter as a Measure of Maturity & Quality in Mangos

Dry Matter & Mangos Mangos are one of the top ten consumed fruits in the world. It is sought for its taste and is well known as the ‘King of Fruits.’ Quality and taste can be guaranteed not only by good cultivation practices, but also by harvesting the fruit at the right time. Good harvest… Continue reading…

Avocado Dry Matter Resource

Avocado Minimum Dry Matter Levels Avocados must have a minimum of 21% dry matter (page 4 of https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trade/agr/standard/standard/fresh/FFV-Std/English/42_Avocados.pdf) before they can be harvested to meet consumer tastes. The ideal dry matter content, however, varies. It depends on the variety, season, and region where the avocado is cultivated. The dry matter content for different varieties and… Continue reading…

Brix as a Metric of Fruit Maturity

There are many methods to determine the maturity of fruits. Some methods need an external examination of fruits, while others require a more detailed analysis of the internal composition of fruits. Brix is a measure of internal components. Though it is not universally applicable as some other measures of maturity, Brix provides vital information of… Continue reading…

The Ripening Room Resource

Post-harvest fruit ripening is a complicated process. It can produce fruits that don’t just look good but are also tasty and nutritional. Ripening rooms are even more misunderstood than the process itself. Cold storage rooms are not the right places for ripening, and, while fruits will ripen on their own, a ripening room can produce… Continue reading…

Visit With Us @ the World Avocado Congress in Medellín, Columbia!

Join Felix Instruments president, Leonard Felix, and application scientist, Eric Munoz-Garcia, at this coming week’s World Avocado Congress and get a hands-on demo with the Avocado Quality Meter! Using near-infrared-based technology, the Avocado Quality Meter measures avocado dry matter in seconds, reducing what has for years taken hours or days to measure, to mere seconds. Built for avocado… Continue reading…

We Want to See You! Conferences & Tradeshow Schedule Fall 2019

With an eye always on innovation, we’ve launched 3 new tools in the past year alone – the Avocado Quality Meter, Mango Quality Meter and the newly redesigned Plant Canopy Imager – with more to come in late 2019 and early 2020! If you’re interested in seeing live, in-person demos of our tools, we’re going… Continue reading…

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