Summer Internship | Automating the colour Measurement of kiwifruit

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Location 71 ardmore street, New Zealand
Date Posted 16 September 2021
Category Internship/Scholarship
Job Type Internship


Kiwifruit is New Zealand’s largest horticultural export crop with annual sales of $2 billion. As it is such an important crop, it is imperative the fruit received in overseas markets are of upmost quality. Colour measurement of the fruit flesh is an integral part of this assessment, as both a maturity index and to ensure fruit in the market meet consumer expectations.

This project will be centered on developing an automated solution for quantifying the colour expression within a Red19 fruit within the given scoring criteria. The ideal solution will have the dual efficiency benefits in both reducing the length of time taken to score an individual fruit and removing the need to regularly assess the uniformity of the assessors.

A secondary objective to the project will be a continuation of the development of a low-cost solution that can accurately measure flesh colour of multiple Gold fruit simultaneously, removing the reliance on the fragile and expensive chromameters.

We are horticultural innovators.  Our company was established by David Tanner and Sally Gardiner, and has skills in orchard investment and horticultural strategy, applied research and technical improvement, as well as horticultural education and training.

To be eligible for this Callaghan Innovation internship, the applicant must be studying, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in engineering or science at a NZ tertiary education institute; computer science studies would be preferred. The work will be based in Mt Maunganui, Tauranga.

The successful applicant will need to provide their own transport; compensation will be provided for work related travel. There will be a requirement by the successful applicant to write a report and present it to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement. Part or all of this presentation can also be utilized for fulfilling the academic requirement of the internship.

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