The Non-destructive Testing, In Situ Analysis, and Automated Sorting of Food/Agricultural Product Quality

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Analytical Methods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 237

Special Issue Editors

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College of Engineering, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
Interests: non-destructive intelligent detection; origin traceability of agricultural and livestock products; agricultural electrification and automation; machine vision
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National Research and Development Center for Egg Processing, College of Food Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
Interests: films; egg white protein emulsions; food hydrocolloids; egg

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College of Engineering, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
Interests: intelligent detection and digital equipment; machine vision

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The quality issues surrounding food/agricultural products have long been a focus of public attention, as their quality directly impacts both food safety and economic value. Conventional chemical analysis, while a common method for assessing the quality of food/agricultural products, can identify specific chemical and nutritional components, yet its operation is intricate, cumbersome and time-consuming. Non-destructive testing techniques, including spectroscopy, machine vision, vibration signal analysis, electromagnetic ultrasonic technology, electronic noses and electronic tongues, offer advantages such as non-invasiveness, effective detection, efficiency and simplicity of operation. These techniques are currently emerging as hot topics in the realm of food/agricultural product quality testing. Researchers have also shown considerable interest in furthering the in situ analysis and automation of food/agricultural product sorting. Therefore, this Special Issue aims to explore the application of various non-destructive testing techniques in quality assessment, enabling real-time analysis and automated sorting of food/agricultural products, thereby advancing the resolution of quality-related issues in this domain.

Prof. Dr. Qiaohua Wang
Prof. Dr. Meihu Ma
Dr. Wei Fan
Guest Editors

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  • the quality of food/agricultural products
  • non-destructive inspection
  • in situ analysis
  • automated sorting
  • spectral technology
  • machine vision
  • vibration signal analysis
  • electromagnetic ultrasonic technology
  • electronic nose/electronic tongue

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