The application of an electronic nose equipped with a Metal Oxide Semiconductor sensor array for the detection of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris and A. acidocaldarius artificially inoculated in peach, orange and apple fruit juices is described in this study. Overall the system was able to detect the presence of Alicyclobacillus spp. in all the tested fruit juices at 24 h from inoculation. The electronic nose could detect bacterial concentration as low as <102 colony forming unit/ml and it was also able to classify bacterial contamination independently of the Alicyclobacillus species. The gas chromatography–mass spectrometry characterization of the volatile profile of orange juices confirmed the existence of quantitatively different patterns between contaminated and uncontaminated samples.
Electronic Nose and Alicyclobacillus spp. spoilage of fruit juices: an emerging diagnostic tool / E. Gobbi; M. Falasconi; I. Concina; G. Mantero; F. Bianchi; M. Mattarozzi; M. Musci; G. Sberveglieri. - In: FOOD CONTROL. - ISSN 0956-7135. - 21(2010), pp. 1374-1382. [10.1016/j.foodcont.2010.04.011]