Water Activity – A critical measurement for sensitive seeds

Water activity measurement plays an integral role at the Tree Seed Centre in British Columbia. The Tree Seed Working Group has four objectives related to promoting tree seed science and technology through: • Seed research from bud initiation to seed use • Identification of seed problems relating to seed improvement and forest management • Exchange … Continue reading Water Activity – A critical measurement for sensitive seeds

12 Slides explaining Water Activity; what it is and how to use it!

Water activity is a useful parameter for many industries. Measuring water activity takes only a few minutes so can provide results quickly, ideal for critical control points. However water activity is a qualitative measure therefore interpreting results can be complex. The following slides provide an overview to water activity and how to utilise Aw measurements. … Continue reading 12 Slides explaining Water Activity; what it is and how to use it!

Five Applications where Water Activity is critical and why!

Not clear on what water activity is? Check out our other posts on water activity here! Water activity affects a wide range of products from pharmaceuticals to foods, here we take a brief look at five typical applications where water activity measurements are used. Remember water activity affects biological, chemical and physical properties of products. … Continue reading Five Applications where Water Activity is critical and why!

Water Activity and Moisture Content… What is the difference?

Water Activity and Moisture Content are two very different parameters which are often confused and misused. In a meeting today with a manufacturer of coffee capsules and pods, these differences were critical. – Their  whole bean supplier provided each batch with  moisture content readings. – However customers buying the coffee capsules and pods were asking for detailed water activity … Continue reading Water Activity and Moisture Content… What is the difference?