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Mo Li

Mo Li

Investigating Non-Destructive Techniques to Predict Kiwifruit Storability

The quality of kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) at the time of harvest varies and this results in a wide range of storage potential. The development of soft fruit during storage and the difficulty in segregating them prior to distribution cause the industry financial losses.This research investigated the feasibility of applying non-destructive methods utilised at harvest to predict firmness retention capability of fruit based on (near) skin properties. Accurate prediction and segregation of fruit with lower storage potential would enable reduction of cost and fruit losses.

Academic supervisors: Dr. Andrew East (School of Food and Nutrition), Dr. Reddy Pullanagari (School of Agriculture and Environment), Professor Ian Yule (School of Agriculture and Environment)

Scholarships: Zespri Innovation Fellowship, NZ Horticultural Science Advancement Trust, Helen E Akers PhD Scholarship

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