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Isolation and properties of starch from some local cultivars of cassava and taro in Fiji

Nand, Ashveen and Charan, R.P. and Rohindra, David and Khurma, Jagjit R. (2008) Isolation and properties of starch from some local cultivars of cassava and taro in Fiji. The South Pacific Journal of Natural Sciences, 26 . pp. 45-48. ISSN 1013-9877

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    Abstract

    Sedimentation method was used for isolating starch from local cassava (Manihot esculenta) and two types of taro (Colocasia esculentum var. esculenta), one having pink corms and the other having white corms. The extracted starches were characterized for pH, moisture content, ash content, paste clarity and gelatinization temperatures. Cassava starch was found to have a higher pH and moisture content compared to taro starches while taro starches had a higher ash content. Optical microscopy revealed that taro starches have smaller granule size than cassava starch. Cassava starch showed higher paste clarity than taro starches. The paste clarity of all the starches was found to be pH dependent.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2008 17:20
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 15:46
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4543
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