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Impact of Decortication on Phytate Content in Pearl Millet Grains

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Impact of Decortication on Phytate Content in Pearl Millet Grains 

Mukesh K Berwal1*, Karmveer Verma2, Preeti Goyal2 and LK Chugh3

1Department of Biochemistry, ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner Rajasthan, India
2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar Haryana, India
3Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, CCS Haryana Agricultural University Hisar Haryana, India

*Corresponding author: Mukesh K Berwal, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner Rajasthan, India, Tel: +91 9468461970; E-mail: mkbiochem@gmail.com

Received: July 17, 2017; Accepted: September 06, 2017; Published: September 21, 2017


To find out the distribution of phytate in pearl millet grain, grains samples of 7 hybrids and 4 composites were decorticated and phytate content of whole grain along with decorticated grain and bran fraction was estimated simultaneously. Bran yield of analyzed hybrids/composites varied from 9.2 to 13.8 %. In decorticated grains (endosperm fraction) phytate content varied from 5.0 mg/g (HC 20) to 6.54 mg/g (HHB 67 improved) with an average value of 5.92 mg/g while in bran fraction it varied from 3.96 mg/g to 4.90 mg/g with an average value of 4.42 mg/g. On an average 5.34 % increment in phytate content was observed on decortications which varied from 3.5 to 9.2 %. A positive correlation was observed between bran content and increase in phytate content in decorticated grains. It is concluded that phytate deposition occurs throughout the endosperm and bran fractions but deposition in endosperm fraction is significantly denser than that in bran fraction. Therefore, decortications might not be the effective process in reduction of phytate content in pearl millet to improve the micronutrient bioavailability.


Bran; Decortications; Pearl millet; Phytate

Citation: Berwal MK, Verma K, Goyal P, Chugh LK (2017) Impact of Decortication on Phytate Content in Pearl Millet Grains. J Nutr Food Sci 1: 005.