Foodstuff quality evaluation by magnetic resonance imaging spectroscopy

M. Ritota*, C. Cafiero, S. Cozzolino, L. Leita, P. Sequi, M. Valentini, E. Babini

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Foodstuff quality evaluation can be assessed by means of many analytical techniques. In the last years Magnetic Resonance Imaging spectroscopy (MRI), thanks to its almost unique non-invasiveness feature in producing high resolution spatial images of any internal section or volume of samples, has become an appealing approach in food science. MRI images can be obtained with different weighting factors, most likely spin density, relaxation times and diffusion coefficients, which are chosen depending upon the structural features to be highlighted. A brief overview of a few applications are reported: plant growth regulators effects on kiwifruit shelf-life and modification of internal structure of some fruits and vegetables occurring during ripening and postharvest as a function of temperature and atmosphere composition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXXVIII International Horticultural Congress on Science and Horticulture for People (IHC2010)
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Symposium on Postharvest Technology in the Global Market
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789066053786
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572


  • Food quality
  • MRI
  • Non-destructive analysis
  • Postharvest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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