The primary aim of this project is to develop and manufacture novel high value edible coatings and films to improve the shelf-life quality of southern Africa's fruits and peanuts to enhance the growth of these important export industries. An inexpensive, renewable raw material , sorghum bran, from southern Africa' s indigenous sorghum cereal industry will be used to extract the protein airing, which is water insoluble, non-allergenic, and expected to have good gas barrier and mechanical properties, i.e. airing would make excellent edible barrier coatings. We will develop extraction and coating procedures and modifications of the protein, thermoplastic processing, sensory evaluation of coated fruits and peanuts and controlled release of preservatives from coatings to products, all through a multi-disciplinary approach in co-operation with the fruit export industry.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
NR4 7UA Norwich