Application of hyperspectral imaging for nondestructive measurement of plum quality attributes

Bo Li*, Magdalena Cobo-Medina, Julien Lecourt, Nicola B. Harrison, Richard J. Harrison, Jeremy V. Cross

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Colour, firmness and soluble solid content (SSC) are three important quality attributes of fruit that affect consumer acceptance. However, measurement of these attributes largely relies on destructive manual assessment, which is time consuming, and can only be applied to small number of batches. In this study, two hyperspectral cameras in the visible and near infrared (VNIR) regions between 600–975 nm and the short wave near infrared (SWIR) region between 865–1610 nm were evaluated for the non-destructive quantification of colour (L* a* and b*), firmness and SSC. In total, images of 354 ‘Victoria’ and ‘Marjorie's Seedling’ plums were collected for the calibration and validation of partial least square regression (PLSR) models. The performance of the prediction models was compared for both the cultivars alone and in combination. The effect of a light scattering correction on spherical objects was also investigated. This study showed that the SWIR hyperspectral imaging could accurately predict SSC with correlation coefficients for prediction (rp 2) greater than 0.8, while VNIR hyperspectral imaging showed a better correlation with colour with rp 2 values greater than 0.7 for L* and a*. This study shows that the use of hyperspectral imaging is feasible to non-destructively predict the SSC and the colour of two plums cultivars with high accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalPostharvest Biology and Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Colour
  • Firmness
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Plum
  • Soluble solid content


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