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Fluids and plasma physics, Optics, Chemical process engineering, Bioprocessing technologies
Cold plasma is increasingly under research for decontamination of foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. The effect of cold plasma on food quality, however, remains under researched. This study investigates the effects of cold plasma generated within a sealed package from a dielectric barrier discharge on the physical quality parameters and respiration rates of cherry tomatoes. Respiration rates and weight loss were monitored continuously, while other parameters are reported at the end of storage period. Differences among weight loss, pH and firmness for control and treated cherry tomatoes were insignificant towards the end of storage life. Changes in respiration rates and colour of tomatoes were recorded as a function of treatment, which were not drastic. The results implicate that cold plasma could be employed as a means for decontamination of cherry tomatoes while retaining product quality.
Misra, NN, Keener, KM, Mosnier, JP, Bourke, P, & Cullen, PJ (2014) Effect of in-package atmospheric pressure cold plasma treatment on quality of cherry tomatoes. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, in-press. d.o.i. 10.1016/j.jbiosc.2014.02.005
Irish Research Council; EU FP7