Apr 24

Maize kernel analysis

Maize is a staple food in South Africa and in Africa. One of the factors affecting the milling quality and efficiency of production is the maize hardness – in this study MicroCT was used to investigate hardness in maize kernels using full 3D information as well as a density calibration. Read the full paper here:


This work also includes the first published image from our newly installed nanoCT scanner, which is particularly well suited to small samples like maize kernels and similar small biological samples.

Below a video and a few additional images from this work:

maize kernel video


inside 3d

3d cut open

3d cut open zoom

slice without defect analysis

slice image

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