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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Development of Sensing and Instrumentation Technologies for Food Safety and Sanitation Inspection in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Processing

Location: Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory

Title: Hyperspectral near-infrared reflectance imaging for detection of defect tomatoes

item Lee, Hoonsoo
item Kim, Moon
item Jeong, Danhee
item Chao, Kuanglin
item Cho, Byoung-Kwan
item Delwiche, Stephen

Submitted to: Proceedings of SPIE
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: August 5, 2011
Publication Date: August 16, 2011
Citation: Lee, H., Kim, M.S., Jeong, D., Chao, K., Cho, B., Delwiche, S.R. 2011. Hyperspectral near-infrared reflectance imaging for detection of defect tomatoes. Proceedings of SPIE. 8027:1-9.

Technical Abstract: Cuticle cracks on tomatoes are potential sites of pathogenic infection that may cause deleterious consequences both to consumer health and to fresh and fresh-cut produce markets. The feasibility of a hyperspectral near-infrared imaging technique in the spectral range of 1000 nm to 1700 nm was investigated for detecting defects on tomatoes. Spectral information obtained from the regions of interest on both defect areas and sound areas were analyzed to determine an optimal waveband ratio that could be used for further image processing to discriminate defect areas from the sound tomato surfaces. Unsupervised multivariate analysis methods, such as principal component analysis, were also explored to improve detection accuracy. Threshold values for the optimized features were determined using linear discriminant analysis. Results showed that tomatoes with defects could be differentiated from the sound ones with an overall accuracy of 94.4%. The spectral wavebands and image processing algorithms determined in this study could be used for multispectral inspection of defects on tomatoes.

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