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Published: 31 May 2018

Thousands of bananas are being assessed by PhD candidate Indika Fernando as part of his research into banana supply chain damage.

In 2017, he followed 30,000 bananas across three key supply chain locations: the pack house, distribution centre, and retail outlets. In particular, Indika tested sensor devices (to collect data about potential physical injuries to bananas) and made initial observations of operations in farms and pack houses.

This year Indika has been checking accelerometer data and GPS tracking devices in preparation for collecting shock and vibration data from banana trucks travelling from Queensland to Melbourne.

Indika is also in the process of inspecting around 25,000 bananas in Queensland pack houses and retail outlets in Melbourne.

Want to know more? Watch a video about Indika’s research.