A novel method for the quantification of interfacial tomato stresses during transportation

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dc.contributor.author Steyn, Wynand Jacobus Van der Merwe
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-08T07:14:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-08T07:14:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.description.abstract Transportation of tomatoes on farm and market roads causes interfacial stresses of tomatoes due to truck dynamics as affected by road and transportation conditions. These stresses may affect the shelf-life of tomatoes if they are high enough to cause damage to the fruit. This paper describes a novel method for the in situ measurement of the stresses during actual transportation of tomatoes, providing the producer information that can assist in taking decisions regarding the use of alternative routes, maintenance of existing routes or changes in packing to prevent excessive stresses onto tomatoes. The process involves measurement of the stresses using a stress-sensor that is recording the interfacial stresses continuously during transportation. These stresses can be correlated to road conditions (quantified through standard road-roughness statistics) and used to subject tomatoes in laboratory conditions to similar stresses to study shelf-life effects of transportation stresses. The paper focuses on the measurement process and first-order data analysis, and excludes a detailed study on the physiological effects of the measured stresses on tomatoes. en_ZA
dc.description.department Civil Engineering en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship This work is partly based on the research supported in part by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.agriculturejournals.cz/web/rae en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Steyn W.J.vdM. (2017): A novel method for the quantification of interfacial tomato stresses during transportation. Research in Agricultural Engineering, 63: 128–135. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1212-9151 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1805-9376 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17221/64/2015-RAE
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/63068
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. en_ZA
dc.subject Transportation related stress en_ZA
dc.subject Shelf-life en_ZA
dc.subject Tomatoes en_ZA
dc.subject Road condition en_ZA
dc.subject Transportation condition en_ZA
dc.title A novel method for the quantification of interfacial tomato stresses during transportation en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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