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An electron spin resonance study of gamma-irradiated citrus fruits.

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Journal publication date1993
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Applications and Instrumentation. Part C, Radiation Physics and Chemistry
Number of pages8
Original languageEnglish


The ESR spectra of the stalks and skins of a selection of unirradiated and γ-irradiated citrus fruits have been obtained. The spectra from the stalks and skins of unirradiated fruits exhibit only a single line, the intensity of which varies markedly from fruit to fruit. The spectra from irradiated stalks exhibit extra features which can be used to detect irradiation, particularly at higher doses. The spectra obtained from the skins of the irradiated fruits also exhibit radiation-induced features which can easily be used to detect irradiation even at the lowest dose examined (2 kGy). The spectra from the irradiated skins show a high degree of reproducibility from fruit to fruit. These observations suggest that ESR spectroscopy could form the basis of a viable test to determine the radiation history of these fruits.