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FFC NMR relaxometry can offer solutions for the food and agriculture industries, particularly for quality control, shelf-life and denomination of origin. The NMRD profile is sensitive to dehydration, oxidation, spoilage, and the addition of additives including adulterants that may lead to fraudulent products Below are some examples of these applications.

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Cocoa butter for chocolate: Crystal forms and diffusion

Quality control: Spoilage of milk-based products

Quality control: Dry-curing of ham

Shelf-life of meat Dehydration of pork

Shelf-life of fruit Dehydration of blueberries

Food storage conditions Liquified honey and fermentation


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Literature Reference

Food & Agricolture

"Comparing different processing methods in apple slice drying. Part 2 solid-state Fast Field Cycling 1H-NMR relaxation properties, shrinkage and changes in volatile compounds"

P. Conte, G. Cuccurullo, A. Metallo, A. Micalizzi, L. Cinquanta, O. Corona, Biosystems Engineering 2019188, 345-354

"Quantification of manganous ion in wine by NMR relaxometry"

P.R. Bodart, A. Rachocki, J. Tritt-goc, B. Michalke, P. Schmitt-Kopplin, T. Karbowiak, R.D. Gougeon
Talanta 2019209, 120561

"Early stages of fat crystallization evaluated by low-field NMR and small-angle X-ray scattering"

M. Ladd-Parada, M.J. Povey, J. Vieira, M. Rappolt, M.E. Ries, Magn. Reson. Chem. 2019, 1-9

"Fast field cycling NMR relaxometry studies of molten and cooled cocoa butter"

M. Ladd-Parada, M.J. Povey, J. Vieira, M.E. Ries, Molecular Physics 2019117, 1020-1027

"The use of fast field cycling to evaluate the time domain relaxation of starches from tropical fruit seeds"

M.I.B. Tavares, E. Oliveira da Silva, P.S.R.C. Silva, P.J. Sebastiao, Molecular Physics 2019117, 1028-1033

"Use of NMR relaxometry to identify frankfurters of different meat sources"

S.S. Uguz, E.B. Ozvural, M.J. Beira, M.H. Oztop, P.J. Sebastiao, Molecular Physics 2019117, 1015-1019

"A novel method of recognizing liquified honey"

I. Plowas-Korus, L. Masewicz, A. Szwengiel, A. Rachocki, H.M. Baranowska, W. Medycki, Food Chemistry 2018245, 885-889

"Dry-cured ham tissue characterization by fast field cycling NMR relaxometry and quantitative magnetization transfer"

F. Bajd, A. Gradišek, T. Apih and I. Serša, Magn. Reson. Chem. 201654, 827

"Cooking influence on physico-chemical fruit characteristics of eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)"

R. Lo Scalzo, M. Fibiani, G. Francese, A. D’Alessandro, G.L. Rotino, P. Conte, G. Mennella
Food Chemistry 2016194, 835–842

"Conformational Redistribution of Honey Components following Different Storage Conditions"

G. Cimo’ and P. Conte, International Journal of Spectroscopy 2015, Article ID 354327

"Novel application of NMR relaxometry in studies of diffusion in virgin rape oil"

A. Rachocki, J. Tritt-Goc, Food Chemistry 2014, 152, 94–99

"NMR methodologies in the analysis of blueberries"

D. Capitani, A.P. Sobolev, M. Delfini, S. Vista, R. Antiochia, N. Proietti, S. Bubici, G. Ferrante, S. Carradori, F. R. De Salvador, L. Mannina, Electrophoresis 2014, 35, 1615–1626

"Dynamic processes and chemical composition of Lepidium sativum seeds determined by means of field-cycling NMR relaxometry and NMR spectroscopy"

A. Rachocki, L. Latanowicz and J. Tritt-Goc, Anal Bioanal Chem 2012, 404, 3155–3164

"Water molecular dynamics during bread staling by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance"

E. Curti, S. Bubici, E. Carini, S. Baroni and E. Vittadini, Food Science and Technology 2011, 44, 854-859

"Dynamics of pistachio oils by proton nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation dispersion"

P. Conte, V. Mineo, S. Bubici, C. De Pasquale, F. Aboud, A. Maccotta, D. Planeta and G. Alonzo, Anal Bioanal Chem 2011, 400, 1443–1450

"Relaxometric Studies for Food Characterization: The Case of Balsamic and Traditional Balsamic Vinegars"

S. Baroni, R. Consonni, G. Ferrante and S. Aime, J. Agric. Food Chem2009, 57, 3028-3032

"A proton NMR relaxation study of hen egg quality"

L. Laghi, M.A. Cremonini, G. Placucci, S. Sykora, K. Wright and B. Hills, Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2005, 23, 501–510

"Studies of gelation process investigated by fast field cycling relaxometry and dynamical rheology: the case of aqueous low methoxyl pectin solution"

M. Dobies, M. Kozak and S. Jurga, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 2004, 25, 188–193

"Probing protein hydration and aging of food materials by the magnetic field dependence of proton spin-lattice relaxation times"

S. Godefroy, J.-P. Korb, L.K. Creamer, P. J. Watkinson and P.T. Callaghan, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2003267, 337–342

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