|Olive Oil Analysis
Agbiolab provides olive oil testing to determine grade based on
trade standards specified by USDA and the International Olive
Council (IOC). These tests meet the California Olive Oil Council's
(COOC) requirements for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Seal Certification and
for the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.
We offer a these olive oil tests to assess quality and grade:
- Free Acidity
- Peroxide Value
- Ultra-violet (UV) Absorbency.
We also provide Total Phenol, which measures antioxidant
properties in the oil, a means to assess potential shelf life, classify
the oil’s style (robust, medium or mild) and ascertain health benefits.
We provide Sensory Analysis, an assessment of the organoleptic
attributes of the oil, which are appreciated through the senses of
smell and taste .
The California Olive Oil Council EVOO Seal Certification program
- Production less than 50 gallons: Free Acidity, Peroxide Value
- Production greater than 50 gallons: Free Acidity, Peroxide
The Los Angeles International EVOO Competition requires Free
Acidity and Peroxide Value.
See Olive Oil Analysis for further information and pricing.
|Services for Olive Growers and Mills
Olive growers and millers may benefit from measuring parameters in
olive fruit, olive paste, pomace or waste water, which impact oil yield
- Olive Fruit moisture and oil content for optimal harvest time
- Extraction Yield measures the difference in oil content
between the olive fruit and the pomace.
- Olive Pomace testing characterizes this by-product for
downstream uses such as composting or pomace oil extraction.
- Instrument Calibration assays provide reference
measurements for the recalibration of NIR and other
We apply DNA fingerprinting methods to identify cultivars based on
molecular plant breeding techniques that were expanded in forensic
DNA fingerprinting is routinely used for varietal identification in
several major field and horticultural crops: grapes, olives, walnuts,
plums, melons and others.
Healthy young leaves are usually preferred as samples. DNA is
extracted and then subject to amplification, an accelerated, time-
compressed multiplication of specific regions of the DNA. By
simultaneously analyzing several DNA regions that differ among
cultivars, a unique pattern (a "fingerprint") can be assembled and
then used to match against established cultivar fingerprints within a
We have compiled an extensive database that includes hundreds of
varieties from northern and southern Italy, Spain, France, Middle
East, Northern Africa, Greece and Australia.
|Plant Disease Diagnosis
Agbiolab specializes in diagnosing prevalent diseases in trees, vines
and various crops using PCR and ELISA methodologies. These
laboratory techniques, which are sensitive and robust, require
scientific training and sophisticated equipment. PCR and ELISA are
well-established, proven methodologiess that provide fast and
accurate diagnosis of plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, phytoplasms
and viruses) such as anthracnose, Alternaria, and scab in almonds,
or Fan Leaf Virus, crown gall, Xylella and vine decline in grape.
PCR and ELISA can be applied to many diseases and crops. We
welcome your consultation about diagnosing specific pathogens of
concern to you. At Agbiolab we are continually expanding our
diagnostic services to cover other trees and field crops, such as rice.
|Plant Genetic Testing
Agbiolab tests can determine the presence of undesirable or
adventitious Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in seeds, grains
or fruits destined to export or domestic markets, as well as in food
stuffs and oils.
Contact us for further information.
We can develop tests based on molecular technologies to address
specific unmet needs of your agribusinesses. Testing can be
integrated seamlessly with your existing production processes and
provide you with timely results. We welcome your confidential