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The AHDB-funded AMBER project led by Dave Chandler is designed to identify practical ways to improve biopesticide performance in protected crops.

biosystems_engineering_mar18.jpgThe use of an electronic nose to detect early signs of soft-rot infection in potatoes

Massimo F Rutolo, John P Clarkson, James A Covington

In this paper we report on the detection of soft-rot in potatoes caused by the bacterium Pectobacterium carotovorum through the use of an array of low cost gas sensors. This disease results in significant crop losses in store (circa 5%) with associated negative financial impacts. As soft-rot is associated with a strong odour and there is forced air movement through potato stores, our aim was to investigate the potential of an array of low-cost gas sensors to detect the disease. The identified sensors offer promise for an automated in-store monitoring system.

Biosystems Engineering. March 2018

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