Bambusa vulgaris starch: Characterization and technological properties

Mária Herminia Ferrari Felisbertoa,d,⁎ , Antonio Ludovico Beraldob , Mariana Souza Costac , Flávia Villas Boasc , Célia Maria Landi Francoc , Maria Teresa Pedrosa Silva Clericid,⁎ a Department of Food Technology, Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa, MG 36570-900, Brazil b School of Technology, UNICAMP, Limeira, São Paulo, Brazil c Department of Food Engineering and Technology, UNESP – São Paulo University, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil d Department of Food Technology, School of Food Engineering, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo 13083-862, Brazil

The starch industry has grown quickly, and starch production has expanded around the world because it is a very versatile ingredient, despite limits in some foodstuffs. So, this study aimed to analyze morphology, physic and chemical characteristics of the starch extracted from three different parts (bottom, middle and top) of the young bamboo culm of B. vulgaris (SB, SM, and ST, respectively). The obtained data were evaluated by analysis of variance and Scott-Knot test (p < 0.05), and no significant difference was observed between SB, SM and ST samples. The starches presented yellowish coloration (L* > 88, a* > −0.2, and b* > 9), and SEM images showed compound granules with polyhedral shapes and average diameter of 6.55 µm; apparent amylose content of 37.45%, wherein SB and SM showed characteristics of resistant starch type 2, whereas ST was more similar to normal starch. Amylopectin presented high proportion of chains with DP 13–24 and lower proportion of long chains, corroborating with A-type crystalline pattern. The absence of a shoulder in the branch chain length distribution, suggest a perfect crystalline structure, similar to starches from D. asper and B. tuldoides. DSC shows gelatinization temperatures higher than 80 °C, lower transition temperatures and the percentage of retrogradation above 44%. The results are promising to obtain slow digesting starches, although it is necessary to evaluate the starch from other bamboo species, which may have different characteristics.



Licenciado em Matemática (USP-1974), Engenheiro Agrícola (UNICAMP, 1980), Mestre em Eng. Agrícola (UNICAMP, 1987), Docteur en Sciences du Bois (ENSTIB, Nancy, France, 1994). Possui enorme admiração pela "Dádiva dos Deuses" - o Bambu. Co-autor do livro "Bambu de Corpo e Alma", agora em segunda edição, e administrador do site www.apuama.org, projeto pessoal desenvolvido desde 2009.

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