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Image: Quality and Quality Evaluation


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  39. SHARPLES, R.O. 1985. The influence of preharvest conditions on the quality of stored fruits. Acta Hort. 157:93-104.
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  1. ABBOTT, J.W. 1972. Sensory assessment of food texture. Food Tech. 26(1):40-49. 
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  7. HEINTZ, C.M. and A.A. Kader. 1983. Procedures for the sensory evaluation of horticultural crops. HortScience 18:18-22.
  8. JORDAN, R.B., R.J. Seelye, and V.A. McGlone. 2001.  A sensory-based alternative to Brix/acid ratio. Food Technol. 55(6):35-44.
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  11. MOSKOWITZ, H. 1988. Applied sensory analysis of foods. Volumes I & II. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
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  16. STONE, H. and J.L. Sidel. 1985. Sensory evaluation practices. Academic Press, Orlando, 311 p. See also: VI I14, VII D1, VII D14, and VII D24.
  17. VALLONE, S., H. Sivertsen, G.E. Anthon, D.M. Barrett, E.J. Mitcham, S.E. Ebeler, F. Zakharov. 2013. An integrated approach for flavour quality evaluation in muskmelon (Cucumis melo L. reticulatus group) during ripening. Food Chemisty 139:171-183.



  1. AULENBACH, B.B., J.N. Yeatman, and J.T. Worthington. 1972. Quality sorting of Red Delicious apples by light transmission. USDA, Mktg. Res. Rpt. 936, 21 p.
  2. BIRTH, G.S. 1979. Radiometric measurement of food quality -- A review. J. Food Sci. 44:949-953, 957.
  3. CLYDESDALE, F.M. 1976. Instrumental techniques for color measurement of foods. Food Technol. 30:52-59.
  4. DULL, G.G., G.S. Birth, and J.B. Magee. 1980. Nondestructive evaluation of internal quality. HortScience 15:60-63.
  5. FRANCIS, F.J. 1980. Color quality evaluation of horticultural crops. HortScience 15:58-59.
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  7. GUNASEKARAN, S. 1990. Delayed light emission as a means of quality evaluation of fruits and vegetables. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr. 29:19-34.
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  1. BOURNE, M.C. 1979. Texture of temperate fruits. J. Text. Stud. 10:25-44.
  2. BOURNE, M.C. 1979. Fruit texture: An overview of trends and problems. J. Text. Stud. 10:83-92.
  3. BOURNE, M.C. 1980. Texture evaluation of horticultural crops. HortScience 15:51-57.
  4. BOURNE, M.C. 1982. Food texture and viscosity: Concept and measurement. Academic Press, New York,325 p.
  5. DELWICHE, M. and Y. Sarig. 1991. A probe impact sensor for fruit firmness measurement. Trans. ASAE 34:187-192.
  6. DEMAN, J.M. et al. 1976. Rheology and texture in food quality. AVI Publ. Co., Westport, CT, 588 p.
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  9. FINNEY, E.E. JR. 1972. Vibration techniques for testing fruit firmness. J. Text. Stud. 3:263-283.
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