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Fruit Growth & Ripening Metrics: Color, Firmness, Dry Matter, Sugars & More

The Stages of Fruit Ripening Fruit develops rapidly from a single cell to become the produce that ends up on our tables. Flower fertilization through pollen is the start of a fruit. The fruit goes through the growth stages of cell division, cell expansion, fruit maturity, and fruit ripening, then ends in fruit senescence. It… Continue reading…

Ethylene (C2H4) – Ripening, Crops & Agriculture

Ethyelene – A Useful Hydrocarbon for Agriculture Ethylene (C2H4) is a small hydrocarbon, which is colorless and odorless. This gaseous phytohormone that is produced by plants has various valuable applications in the agriculture industry. It can be both beneficial and harmful because it promotes and inhibits plant growth and development at various stages in a… Continue reading…

Felix Instruments & QA Supplies @ CPMA 2019

Felix Instruments exhibits with North American distributor, QA Supplies, at CPMA 2019.

Using Near Infrared Spectrometry in Agriculture

NIR in Food Production The pressure to increase food production is mounting as the world’s population grows. Moreover, consumers are ever more discerning and demand good quality produce and food. To improve both the quantity and quality of food produced, it is necessary to be able to make fast, frequent, and cheap measurements in individual… Continue reading…

Join us at CPMA 2019: Montreal April 2-4

CPMA 2019 Palais des congrès de Montréal Tuesday, April 2nd to Thursday, April 4th, 2019 Join us this coming week at CPMA! Exhibiting alongside our distributor, QA Supplies, we are excited to meet with both current and future partners! The Annual Convention & Trade Show is CPMA’s keystone event and Canada’s largest event dedicated to… Continue reading…

Controlling the Invisible

The Risks of Ignoring Atmospheric Gases in Plant Experiments Experiments are conducted in laboratories because it is markedly easier to control conditions indoors, in enclosed systems, than out-of-doors. However, it is common that little attention is paid to changes in gaseous dynamics in enclosed environments and the consequences it can have on plants. Researchers will… Continue reading…

Using Dry Matter as a Measure of Maturity in Fresh Produce

Fruit is transported over long distances nationally and internationally to cater to a broad market. This makes it necessary to harvest fruits as soon as they are mature to increase the time available for their transport and storage, thus improving profits. Determining fruit maturity is, however, not simple. There are several qualitative ways to fix… Continue reading…

Felix Instruments Visits Portugal and UK Installations

Felix Instruments’ Director of Engineering, Jim Goeks, travelled to Portugal and the UK to oversee the installation and deployment of Felix’s new AccuRipe sensors. This configuration is unique because the AccuRipe sensor, which monitors O2, CO2 and C2H4, is interfacing directly with SmartHarvest’s control unit. Both the AccuRipe and AccuStore systems are engineered to “bolt… Continue reading…

Felix Instrument Newsletter (with puppy pictures) Feb/March 2019

Felix’s latest newsletter (complete with puppy pictures) can be found here – https://tinyurl.com/yybjbrl7

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