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Measuring Oil and Water in Seeds using MQC+

The breeding, cultivation and processing of seeds to obtain vegetable oil is a major global industry. The amount of oil in seeds and water in seeds are critical parameters which need to be understood at all stages of the industry from plant breeding through commercial agriculture to milling and processing. Oils derived in this manner are used in foodstuffs, the manufacture of biofuels and as a chemical feedstock for many products.

The MQC+ benchtop NMR analyser provides an extremely fast, simple-to-operate answer to the question “how much oil and water is present in my seeds?"

The MQC+ test complies with: ISO-10565 for oil in seeds and water in seeds, ISO-10632 for oil in seed residue and water in seed residue and is USDA-GIPSA approved for the measurement of sunflower seeds.

Two versions of the MQC+ are available for this application:

  • MQC+5 is for large volumes of seed (40 and 80ml), typically used for determining the value of agricultural produce
  • MQC+23 is for single seeds and small seed volumes (up to 14ml), typically used for breeding and other research.

Application Note: Measurement of Oil and Water in Seeds According to ISO 10565 1998

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Application Note: Determination of Oil and Water in Oilseed and Grain Residues using the MQC+5

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MQC+ for measurement of oil & water in oilseeds

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