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Non Destructive Estimation of Erucic Acid in Canola

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009125.(doi:10.13031/2013.36312)
Authors:   Geetika Dilawari, Carol L Jones
Keywords:   Erucic acid, spectroscopy, PCR

Canola seeds appear similar to mustard and rapeseed. Both mustard and rapeseed have higher erucic acid(40- 60%), which makes them which makes them less desirable for human consumption., These seeds are also considered impurities in canola. According to the US standard guidelines canola seed should have less than 2% erucic acid. Conventionally, the amount of erucic acid has been determined using gas chromatography, which is expensive and time consuming . Researchers have been successful in determining various free fatty acids, like linoleic, linolenic and oleic acids, using NIR spectroscopy. NIR spectroscopy has shown potential in estimating erucic acid. Therefore, this study focuses on estimating the amount of erucic acid in canola using NIR spectroscopy.

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