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The Use of Multispectral Imaging and Single Seed and Bulk Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Characterize Seed Covering Structures: Methods and Applications in Seed Testing and Research

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The objective of seed testing is to provide high-quality seeds in terms of high varietal identity and purity, germination capacity, and seed health. Across the seed industry, it is widely acknowledged that quality assessment needs an upgrade and improvement by inclusion of faster and more cost-effective techniques. Consequently, there is a need to develop and apply new techniques alongside the classical testing methods, to increase efficiency, reduce analysis time, and meet the needs of stakeholders in seed testing. Multispectral imaging (MSI) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) are both quick and non-destructive methods that attract attention in seed research and in the seed industry. This review addresses the potential benefits and challenges of using MSI and NIRS for seed testing with a comprehensive focus on applications in physical and physiological seed quality as well as seed health.
Original languageEnglish
Article number301
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

    Research areas

  • fruit morphology, multispectral imaging, near-infrared, pericarp, testa, seed coat, seed testing, image analysis, chemometrics, Testa, Multispectral imaging, Seed testing, Fruit morphology, Image analysis, Near-infrared, Pericarp, Seed coat, Chemometrics

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