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See detailFermentation of date palm juice by curdlan gum production from Rhizobium radiobacter ATCC 6466 (TM): Purification, rheological and physico-chemical characterization
Ben Salah, Riadh; Jaouadi, Bassem; Bouaziz, Amin et al

in Lwt-Food Science And Technology (2011), 44(4), 1026-1034

The present study was undertaken to investigate the possibility of using date palm juice byproducts for curdlan production by Rhizobium radiobacter ATCC 6466(TM) in batch experiments. A number of ... [more ▼]

The present study was undertaken to investigate the possibility of using date palm juice byproducts for curdlan production by Rhizobium radiobacter ATCC 6466(TM) in batch experiments. A number of operational parameters, namely pH value, temperature range, inoculum ratio, agitation speed, carbon concentration, nitrogen source, and fermentation time, were investigated in terms of their optimal values for as well as individual and synergistic effects on curdlan production. The findings indicated that the strain exhibited a high ability to use the natural substrate under investigation. A curdlan production yield of 22.83 g/l was obtained in 500-ml agitated flasks (50 ml) when the strain was cultivated in the optimal medium (pH, 7; ammonium sulphate concentration, 2 g/l; date glucose juice concentration, 120 g/l) operating at 30 degrees C with an inoculum ratio of 5 ml/100 ml, an agitation speed of 180 rpm, and a fermentation period of 51 h. The purified date byproducts-curdlan (DBP-curdlan) had a molecular weight of 180 kDa, a linear structure composed exclusively of beta-(1,3)-glucosidic linkages, a melting temperature (T(m)) and glass transition temperature (T(g)) of 1.24 and -3.55 degrees C. respectively. The average measured heights of its molecules were noted to fluctuate between 14.1 +/- 0.07 and 211.73 +/- 0.6 mu m. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDate syrup: Effect of hydrolytic enzymes (pectinase/cellulase) on physico-chemical characteristics, sensory and functional properties
Abbes, Fatma; Bouaziz, Mohamed Ali; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Lwt-Food Science And Technology (2011), 44(8), 1827-1834

This work is a contribution to give value addition to second grade dates (with hard texture) by the production of enzymatically treated syrup with high commercial value. It was observed that the pulp ... [more ▼]

This work is a contribution to give value addition to second grade dates (with hard texture) by the production of enzymatically treated syrup with high commercial value. It was observed that the pulp:water at ratio 1:3 treated with 50 U of pectinase and 5 U of cellulase during 120 min at 50 degrees C gave the highest recovery of total soluble solids (72.37 g of total soluble solids/100 g fresh basis) and the lower turbidity (186.45 NTU) compared with control without enzyme addition (Total soluble solids yields: 66.34 g of total soluble solids/100 g fresh basis and turbidity: 1513 NTU). physico-chemical measurements indicated that carbohydrates were predominant in all date varieties as well as their syrups (similar to 69.59-83.76 g/100 g dry matter in dates and similar to 62.14-74.68 g/100 g fresh weight in syrup). Allig variety was characterised by a high content of reducing sugars content (similar to 77.91 g/100 g dry matter), contrary to Deglet Nour (similar to 23.17 g/100 g dry matter) and Kentichi (similar to 21.3 g/100 g dry matter). The CIE L* a* b* colour values of the enzyme-treated date syrup of Deglet Nour, Allig and Kentichi variety showed lighter colours (L* values ranging from 24.16 to 44) than the control without enzyme (L* values ranging from 0.545 to 17.2). Hedonic evaluation showed that enzyme-treated date syrup was more appreciated by consumers. Microbiological study showed that date syrups were free from aerobes, moulds, coliforms and enterobacteriaceae and were microbiologically stable during five months storage. Results suggested that enzymatic treatment could be used for production of date syrup with high commercial value (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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