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Edited proceedings of FAIR's scientific and technical meeting

Edited Proceedings of a scientific and technical meeting held in Reims on May 28-29, 2001:
This meeting aimed at the communicating the most important results obtained during the Project's work and the new approach of the management of all expected qualities of stored malting barley by a computer-aided DSS.

Summary of Proceedings' content:
"Quality of stored grain (QualiGrain): building up a decision support system for management and control of quality of malting barley"

A prototype of a decision support system based on expert knowledge input, running on Windows on a PC, was developed. This computerised system is a new tool, which should facilitate the transfer of technical and scientific knowledge about stored malting barley quality management to the storekeepers.

The prototype DSS supports the user for the choice of optimal storage itineraries (the safest storage route). The reasoning process is based on quality change prediction during storage.

It includes four phases:
- Assessment of initial quality level of the grain;
- Planning the safest storage route;
- Permanent monitoring of grain condition in using specifically adapted equipments (acoustic probes, temperature/relative humidity probes, remote aeration control);
- Re-planning the storage route when a deviation from the predicted condition occurs.

The reliability of the advice afforded by the DSS has been validated by storage specialists before and after pilot-scale experiments carried out in different European countries.

Reported by

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
CR INRA - 71 Av. Edouard Bourleaux
33883 Villenave d'Ornon


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