Aiming to socialize the renovated space of the rice quality laboratory and making the most of the NIRS DS2500, from 13 to 17 February the coordinators of CIAT and FLAR’s laboratories were trained for the use of that equipment. The training was offered by the company Purification and Analysis of Fluids (PAF).
Paola Parra, PAF’s chemical engineer and application specialist for the danish brand FOSS (manufacturer of NIRS), was responsible for instructing the attendees about the functions of this equipment that was acquired by CIAT and FLAR in late 2016. Angélica Jaramillo and Luis Londoño from the Nutrition Analytical Laboratory, Johanna Mazabel from the Tropical Forage Laboratory and John Belalcázar from Cassava Laboratory, all of them from CIAT, as well as Katerine Loaiza and Érika Giraldo from the FLAR Rice Quality Laboratory participated in this theoretical-practical training.
The training included the transfer to the NIRS DS2500 of the equations and calibrations from the NIRS that laboratories have been used so far for the anlysis of quality attributes in crops such as rice, cassava, tropical forages and maize. Researchers also explored other benefits of the equipment focused on the analysis of proteins, fibers and betacarotene.
At FLAR the new NIRS is being used for the analysis of rice flour and very soon it is expected to start working on the required calibrations of the equipment for the analysis of samples of brown rice.