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  • Chem Sci Trans., 2016, 5(2),  pp 393-398  

    DOI:10.7598/cst2016.1229

    Research Article

    Effect of Radiation on Physicochemical Properties of Peanuts

  • S. BALAKUMAR1*, R.SANKARESWARI2 and A. ANIS MARY SARANYA1
  • 1Centre for Scientific and Applied Research, PSN College of Engineering and Technology, Tirunelveli-627 152, Tamilnadu, India
    2Pope?s College, Sawyerpuram- 628251, Tiruchendure, Taminadu, India Tirunelveli-627152, Tamilnadu, India
  • Abstract

    Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) belongs to legume family. Its oil prevents heart disease and lowers cholesterol. The peanut kernels are infected by the fungus Aspergillus due to poor storage conditions. So the groundnut oil extracted shows undesirable properties. The fungal growth is prevented by electron beam irradiation. A study of the physicochemical properties like acid value, peroxide value, iodine value and moisture content before and after irradiation establishes the effectiveness of electron beam irradiation in the annihilation of fungal growth in kernels. The investigation confirms that electron beam irradiation helps to maintain the quality of oil

    Keywords

    Peanut kernels, Physicochemical properties, Electron beam irradiation

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