01/02/2013 09:37 EST | Updated 03/04/2013 05:12 EST

University researchers developing non-invasive way to test for chestnut rot

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a way to tell if chestnuts are rotten without opening them.

To help assure that chestnuts reach market in good condition, the research team is working to create a noninvasive method of detecting internal decay in the fruit.

They're involved in assessing the various imaging techniques currently available.

So far, it seems that CT scans work better than X-rays, MRIs and other techniques.

Known as CT, computerized tomography combines a series of X-rays taken from different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images.

The U.S. produces only about 1 per cent of the world's chestnuts, and Michigan is the national leader.



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