Relationship between the electrical and rheological properties of potato tuber tissue after various forms of processing

Petr Dejmek, Osato Miyawaki

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The impedance at frequencies of 1-1000 kHz and dynamic bending storage modulus measured by the vibrating reed method were compared for potato tuber tissue, which had been processed by various methods. Raw potato tuber tissue strips were either heated for 30 min up to 100°C or frozen-thawed. Some samples were osmotically dehydrated in a mannitol solution up to a concentration of 0.7 mol/l. The electrical reactance correlated well with the storage modulus of heated or frozen-thawed potato tissues, but not with the storage modulus of the mannitol-treated tissue. The storage modulus appeared to be strongly dependent on the turgor pressure of the cells which was drastically decreased by the heating, freezing-thawing, and osmotic treatments. The electrical properties reflect the cell integrity, and a large difference was observed between the change in impedance after heating or freezing-thawing, and that after the osmotic treatment. A significant change in the electric properties was also observed for a starch suspension at the gelatinization temperature. However, the contribution due to gelatinization did not appear to play an important role in the change of electrical properties of potato tissue by heating.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1223
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Food Engineering


  • impedance
  • storage modulus
  • vibrating reed
  • heat processing
  • osmotic dehydration


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