Oil content in rapeseed is usually measured using the destructive Soxhiet chemical extraction method, however the chemicals used in this method are harmful to both the environment and human health. The Soxhiet method is also expensive and time consuming, therefore the measrement of large batches of samples is not practical in most laboratories.
Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) offers a simple alternative to the reference method. It is a fast, non destructive method which requires no chemicals and is simple and safe to use for all levels of technician or operator, furthermore it can be used on whole seeds which minimises the time it takes to run a test.
Rapeseed oil Content