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Portable NIR Spectroscopy: Affordable Technology for Developing Countries

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

Citation:  Resource Magazine. 26(6): 20-20. @2019
Authors:   Isaac Rukundo
Keywords:   Dr. Shinekhuu Jugder, Food science and engineering, Food quality testing, Miniaturized NIR spectrometers, NIR spectroscopy, Portable NIR technology.


I‘m a doctoral student in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My research focuses on evaluating the use of handheld near-infrared (NIR) spectrometers for food and feed quality analysis. I‘m originally from Uganda, where much of the agricultural production goes to waste during bumper harvests due to the lack of adequate processing, preservation, and storage facilities. In addition, food quality testing services are either too expensive or unavailable, which limits commerce, consumer knowledge, and safety.

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