Laser de-thorning cacti

Ponce, L.; Arronte, M.; de Posada, E.; Flores, T.; Lambert, B.; Cabrera, J.
June 2009
Industrial Laser Solutions;Jun2009, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p6
The article reports on the new laser technology developed collaboratively by CICATA-IPN in Mexico and Harvard University in Massachusetts that de-thorns Opunctia cacti. It says that the new technology allows thorn removal by laser ablation. It adds that such process results in a de-thorning process without product damage, thus eliminating losses and increasing shell life of Opunctia cacti. It concludes that laser de-thorning is a process that demonstrates huge potential for the food industry.


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