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Effects of nitrogen and sulfur fertilization on free amino acids, sugars, and acrylamide-forming potential in potato

Muttucumaru, N., Powers, S. J., Elmore, J. S., Mottram, D. S. and Halford, N. G. (2013) Effects of nitrogen and sulfur fertilization on free amino acids, sugars, and acrylamide-forming potential in potato. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61 (27). pp. 6734-6742. ISSN 0021-8561

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1021/jf401570x

Abstract/Summary

Nitrogen (N) fertilizer is used routinely in potato (Solanum tuberosum) cultivation to maximize yield. However, it also affects sugar and free amino acid concentrations in potato tubers, and this has potential implications for food quality and safety because free amino acids and reducing sugars participate in the Maillard reaction during high-temperature cooking and processing. This results in the formation of color, aroma, and flavor compounds, but also some undesirable contaminants, including acrylamide, which forms when the amino acid that participates in the final stages of the reaction is asparagine. Another mineral, sulfur (S), also has profound effects on tuber composition. In this study, 13 varieties of potato were grown in a field trial in 2010 and treated with different combinations of N and S. Potatoes were analyzed immediately after harvest to show the effect of N and S fertilization on concentrations of free asparagine, other free amino acids, sugars, and acrylamide-forming potential. The study showed that N application can affect acrylamide-forming potential in potatoes but that the effect is type- (French fry, chipping, and boiling) and variety-dependent, with most varieties showing an increase in acrylamide formation in response to increased N but two showing a decrease. S application reduced glucose concentrations and mitigated the effect of high N application on the acrylamide-forming potential of some of the French fry-type potatoes.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food Research Group
ID Code:33745
Uncontrolled Keywords:acrylamide; asparagine; free amino acids; potato; Solanum tuberosum; sugars
Publisher:American Chemical Society

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