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Digital twins unveil trade-offs in maintaining citrus quality in the refrigerated supply chain

The digital twin technology uses real-time sensor data and in silico models to predict food quality and marketability metrics for every single refrigerated shipment. With this approach, we can identify the optimal shipment temperature window for maintaining citrus fruit quality, killing fruit fly larvae and avoiding chilling injury.

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Fig. 1: Digital twin for citrus fruit in a refrigerated container.


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This is a summary of: Shrivastava, C. et al. Digital twins enable the quantification of the trade-offs in maintaining citrus quality and marketability in the refrigerated supply chain. Nat. Food (2022).

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Digital twins unveil trade-offs in maintaining citrus quality in the refrigerated supply chain. Nat Food 3, 411–412 (2022).

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