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    Author(s): Alphus D WilsonCharisse Oberle; Daniel F. Oberle
    Date: 2013
    Source: Sensors 13:15968-15984.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    The Aromascan A32S conducting polymer electronic nose was evaluated for the capability of detecting the presence of off-flavor malodorous compounds in catfish meat fillets to assess meat quality for potential merchantability. Sensor array outputs indicated that the aroma profiles of good-flavor (on-flavor) and off-flavor fillets were strongly different as confirmed by a Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and a Quality Factor value (QF > 7.9) indicating a significant difference at (P < 0.05). The A32S e-nose effectively discriminated between good-flavor and off-flavor catfish at high levels of accuracy (>90%) and with relatively low rates (¡Ü5%) of unknown or indecisive determinations in three trials. This A32S e-nose instrument also was capable of detecting the incidence of mild off-flavor in fillets at levels lower than the threshold of human olfactory detection. Potential applications of e-nose technologies for pre- and post-harvest management of production and meat-quality downgrade problems associated with catfish off-flavor are discussed.

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    Wilson, Alphus D; Oberle, Charisse; Oberle, Daniel F. 2013. Detection of off-flavor in catfish using a conducting polymer electronic-nose technology. Sensors 13:15968-15984.

    Keywords

    artificial olfaction, electronic aroma detection, fish meat quality, volatile organic compounds

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