“Advancing Onion Postharvest Handling Efficiency and Sustainability by
Multimodal Quality Sensing, Disease Control, and Waste Stream Management”;
Project Director – Dr. Changying “Charlie” Li at
[ Supported in Part by USDA-NIFA-SCRI Project No. 2009-02520 ]
Goal: Enhance onion
postharvest handling efficiency and sustainability by integrating more
efficient online sorting, reducing storage losses, and managing the waste
stream of onions in relation to the following objectives:
Enhance the efficiency
of onion quality sorting by a multimodal sensing platform using X-ray and
hyperspectral imaging technologies.
Develop a gas sensing
and tracing method for disease detection in storage and evaluate onion
postharvest disease management practices.
Manage the onion waste
stream and mitigate environmental pollution using an anaerobic digestion
implications and economic impacts of these technologies.
Engage in outreach and
technology transfer with stakeholders.