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Imaging, Detection, and Sorting (IDS) Lab

Welcome to the IDS Lab, a research group within the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, at the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, CA.


Develop methods to detect and remove defective, contaminated or otherwise undesirable product from agricultural project streams.   These sorting devices will improve the quality of fresh or packaged foods, remove unwanted transmission of materials deleterious to agriculture or health, and/or improve the competitive position of U.S. project in international trade. Such sorters will be in support of U.S. government action agencies and the U.S. food industry.


We have over 20 years of experience in designing and optimizing optical and x-ray imaging methods for detecting a wide range of target contaminants in agricultural commodities, ranging from nuts to meat to grain. 

We are always interested in new collaborations, please see the links below for more information. 

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