Nutritional quality evaluation of newly developed high-protein genotypes of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan)

Singh, U and Jambunathan, R and Saxena, K B and Subrahmanyam, N (1990) Nutritional quality evaluation of newly developed high-protein genotypes of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 50 (2). pp. 201-209. ISSN 0022-5142

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Two high-protein genotypes of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L), HPL 8 and HPL 40, were analysed for their nutritional quality characteristics, and the results were compared with those of normal-protein genotypes (C 11 and ICPL 211). The protein content of the high-protein genotypes was higher on average by nearly 20% but their starch content, the principal constituent of the seed, was lower by about 8%. The higher fraction (about 7%) of globulin, the major storage protein, was associated with a lower glutelin fraction in the high-protein genotypes. The amino acid composition (g per 100 g protein) of the high-protein genotypes was comparable with those of the normal-protein genotypes. However, the sulphur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine were noticeably higher (about 25%) in high-protein genotypes when results were expressed in g per 100 g sample. No large differences in true protein digestibility, biological value and net protein utilisation were observed between HP and NP genotypes. True protein digestibility was significantly increased by cooking in both whole-seed and dhal samples. The values for utilisable protein were considerably higher in high-protein genotypes, suggesting their superiority from the nutritional point of view.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 08:23
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012 04:58
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