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What You Need to Know About AI in Agriculture

AI, in combination with other technologies, is solving several modern problems caused and faced by industrial agriculture. AI applications are increasingly used in agriculture for soil and crop monitoring, farm operations, farm management, supply of food, and crop research. AI solutions in agriculture can improve productivity with less resource use and reduce environmental impacts. Integrating… Continue reading…

Maximizing Agricultural Quality and Efficiency: The Comprehensive Guide to Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) Applications

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is used preharvest for maturity estimation, nutrient and water management, and biological stress detection. In the post-harvest stage, NIRS is used for shelf life assessment, defects and disease detection, process monitoring, sorting, packaging, retailing, and authentication. Portable NIRS devices are seeing the most development for commercial use. The good fresh produce qualities… Continue reading…

FDA’s New Final Food Product Traceability Rule: FSMA 204 Explained

Traceability is a critical aspect of modern food supply chain management, contributing to food safety, quality assurance, and the overall integrity of the food industry. The Final Rule of the FSMA 204 focuses on detailed and rapid communication of information on food products on the Food Traceability List to trace and remove unsafe food. The… Continue reading…

Our Top Articles of 2023: Agricultural Science & Technology Breakthroughs

Welcome to our compilation of the most influential agricultural advancement articles of 2023! In this collection, you’ll find a curated selection of articles, each chosen for its significant impact and innovative approach to agriculture. These articles provide in-depth analyses and solutions to prevalent issues in fruit farming, such as extending shelf life, ensuring consistent fruit… Continue reading…

Why Color Remains an Important Fruit Maturity Index

Fruit color can be used as a harvest index for nearly all fruits. Fruit skin color is the basis for consumer acceptance and marketability. Fruit skin color is a valuable indicator of maturity stages and is associated with other quality parameters, including nutritional value. Non-destructive methods to estimate fruit color in the supply chain and… Continue reading…

Five Significant Postharvest Fruit Analysis Research Findings in 2023

Research focuses on finding alternatives to safe chemicals for people and the environment to enhance postharvest quality. The studies also consider the impact of soil-less and greenhouse cultivation on fresh produce quality. Scientists are addressing gene expression and antioxidant action that regulates physiology in postharvest quality and injury response. The standard quality parameters used to… Continue reading…

Medicinal Plant Extracts for Post-harvest Fresh Produce Preservation

Medicinal plants have phytochemicals and antioxidants that could have applications for fresh produce preservation instead of chemicals. Research findings show that medicinal plant extracts can improve several physical and chemical quality attributes. Medicinal plant extracts reduce disease incidence and severity of pest attacks by direct action against causal agents or by strengthening the plant defense… Continue reading…

Advances in Non Destructive Apple Quality Prediction

The search for quality in apple production is perpetual. The research paper by Biegert et al., titled “Modelling Soluble Solids Content Accumulation in ‘Braeburn’ Apples,” offers a pivotal step forward in this search. Published in the journal Plants, this study leverages optical sensor data to transform our understanding of apple sweetness—quantified by the Soluble Solids… Continue reading…

Interaction between Rootstocks and Scions 

Scion-rootstock interaction studies had initially focused on graft vigor and stress tolerance. Rootstock-mediated effects on nearly all the fruit quality parameters are now established. The fruit quality effects of rootstocks are more in perennial crops like citrus than deciduous fruit trees. Grafting of woody crops aims to manipulate scion for which appropriate rootstock selection is… Continue reading…

Organic Soil Amendments Are Better for Fruit Quality Than Chemical Fertilizers

Fruit quality parameters in soil supplemented with organic soil amendments were generally better than those grown with chemical fertilizers. However, chemical fertilizers increased fruit size and yield and improved lycopene content. The type of organic manure is also crucial. Each type of manure successfully enhances one or more fruit quality parameters. Growing food requires artificial… Continue reading…

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