Open Access
BIO Web Conf.
Volume 30, 2021
II International Symposium “Innovations in Life Sciences” (ILS 2020)
Article Number 03004
Number of page(s) 4
Section Pharmaceutical Cluster as an Integration of Science, Education and Production
Published online 22 April 2021

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1 Introduction

The requirements of the modern market increase the needs of industry in new technologies that meet the needs of modern consumers, including those related to the processing of plant materials. As a variant of the new technology, a non-thermal method for pasteurization of food products using ultra-high pressure can be considered. Despite the fact that they studied the inactivation of microorganisms by high pressure at the end of the 19th century [1-3], interest in the industrial use of this phenomenon arose only at the end of the 20th century [3-4]. Currently, the technology of processing food products with high pressure in order to increase their shelf life is becoming increasingly developed abroad. Ultra-high pressure settings are successfully used in Europe, North America, Japan and New Zealand, and very rarely in Russia [3, 5-9].

Analysis of literary sources, as well as preliminary experimental studies, allow us to consider the technology of isostatic pressing as promising for processing raw materials of plant origin [1]. Non-thermal method of pasteurization of food products using ultra-high pressure is an environmentally friendly technology, the advantages of which include:

  • the possibility of using for a wide range of products: meat and meat products, fish and seafood, milk and dairy products, vegetables, fruits and their processed products, etc.;

  • the exclusion from the formulations of products subject to long-term storage, preservatives and additives that increase their shelf life;

  • preservation of organoleptic properties (taste, color, smell, texture), nutritional value and a significant increase in the shelf life of processed products;

  • cardinal destruction of microflora, including pathogenic microorganisms (Vibrio, Listeria, Esherihia coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, etc.), which significantly affects the safety of food use

  • compliance with modern environmental requirements;

  • low energy consumption of non-thermal processing;

  • the absence of deformation of processed food products, due to the uniform distribution of hydrostatic pressure (regardless of the volume and shape of the product), which reduces the processing time of the products.

The high-pressure food processing technology has been successfully applied to achieve sterilization of products while maintaining texture and taste [7], using a pressure in the range of 100-800 MPa, a temperature of 20-80 °C, and holding time up to 30 minutes. The results obtained are significantly different and superior to those that give traditional methods of preserving products.

However, there are a number of problems holding back the development of this technology using pressure. The main problem is the uncertainty in the choice of the physical parameters of the impact, since various combinations of pressure, temperature and holding time can give the same final result. In this regard, the selection of physical parameters of exposure and the development of isostatic pressing technology for plant products (fruits, berries and mushrooms) with an increased shelf life and high preservation of biologically active substances are relevant.

When choosing a plant product as the object of study, the following fact was taken into account. Berry crops are used as food and have been used as a dietary and medicinal product since ancient times. Their nutritional and biological value are determined by the content of vitamins, carbohydrates, organic acids, nitrous and tannins, and flavoring, coloring and aromatic substances contained in fruits and berries contribute to increased appetite [10]. However, they cannot be stored fresh for a long time while maintaining their quality characteristics, so they are subjected to various processing methods.

Blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L., family Caprifoliaceae) belongs to non-traditional berry crops and is valued for a very early fruiting period. In Central Russia, its fruits ripen 7-16 days before the ripening of wild strawberries and 20-30 days before blackcurrant. The advantages of this culture are annual productivity, fruit saturation with vitamins and their dietary qualities [11]. Honeysuckle fruits are extremely important in nutrition, since they are a source of vitamins such as C, P and provitamin A, as well as biologically active substances, including anthocyanins with antioxidant activity. Our body is not able to synthesize many antioxidants, therefore, in modern environmental conditions, the human diet must necessarily contain bioflavonoids that increase the body’s resistance to adverse environmental factors, including chemical carcinogens and radiation [12].

The fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. are very tender and can be stored fresh for a short period. At the same time, it is precisely for plant raw materials that such a concept as seasonality is characteristic. Therefore, this type of raw material is more processed, therefore, the development of new technologies to produce a product suitable for long-term storage, preserving to the maximum extent the organoleptic characteristics, nutritional and biological value characteristic of the feedstock, is an important modern task.

2 Experimental

The object of this study was puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. (blue honeysuckle), studied before and after pressure treatment.

When performing the work, the following research methods were used:

  • the assessment of organoleptic indicators was performed according to GOST 32742-2014 [13];

  • determination of vitamin C – according to GOST 24556-89 [14];

  • quantitative determination of the sum of anthocyanins was carried out by a differentiated spectrophotometric method [15];

  • determination of sugars – according to GOST 8756.13-87 [16];

  • determination of titratable acidity – according to GOST ISO 750-2013 [17];

  • microbiological indicators – according to GOST 30425-97 [18].

The aim of this work was to study the effect of isostatic pressing on the quality indicators of plant products (for example, Lonicera caerulea L.).


  • to obtain experimental samples of puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L., processed by isostatic pressing;

  • to study quality indicators (organoleptic, physicochemical, microbiological) mashed potatoes from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after pressure treatment.

3 Results and discussion

The developed storage technology of Lonicera caerulea

L. using the isostatic pressing method includes the following operations:

  • fruit sorting in order to remove impurities and damaged specimens;

  • washing in running water;

  • grinding to a puree state;

  • packing in containers and packaging using a vacuum apparatus;

  • treat with isostatic pressure of 400 MPa for 30 minutes.

Puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L., examined before and after isostatic pressure treatment. The organoleptic characteristics of puree met the requirements of GOST 32742-2014 [13] (Table 1).

Studies to determine individual biologically active substances (Table 2) show that the content of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) slightly decreases during pressure treatment. Vacuum packaging eliminates the possibility of exposure to atmospheric oxygen on the processed product, thereby preventing the oxidation of ascorbic acid to dehydroascorbic acid. The rate of aerobic oxidation of ascorbic acid depends on the pH of the solution, reaching a maximum at pH 5 and 11.5. However, the fastest and most complete fragmentation occurs in an alkaline environment. Oxidative cleavage also occurs under anaerobic conditions, although more slowly. Slight destruction can be explained by the technology of processing honeysuckle fruits and preparing ready-made puree for pressure treatment.

The content of anthocyanins is significantly reduced when exposed to pressure. Due to the high electrophilicity of the chromenilium cycle, the structure and, accordingly, the color of anthocyanins and anthocyanidins is determined by their sensitivity to pH: in an acidic environment (pH <3), anthocyanins (and anthocyanidins) exist in the form of pyrilic salts, when the pH increases to ~ 4-5, the hydroxide ion is added with the formation of a colorless pseudo base, with a further increase in pH to ~ 6-7, water is split off with the formation of the quinoid form, which, splits off the proton at pH ~ 7-8 with the formation of phenolate, and finally, at pH above 8, the quinoid phenolate hydrolyzes with rupture of the chromene cycle and the formation of the corresponding chalcone.

The bulk of sugars in the fruits of honeysuckle is represented by monosaccharides glucose and fructose. Fructose is easily converted to glucose. Sugar content in puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. fruits decreases during storage (Table 3). This is due to the fact that under anaerobic conditions, the process of glucose breakdown proceeds intensively with the formation of lactate (lactic acid) as the final product, which leads to a decrease in the amount of sugars and an increase in total acidity. Acidity during storage of Lonicera caerulea L. increases due to an increase in the level of lactic acid as a result of the destruction of sugars.

The microbiological characteristic gives the most complete picture of the storage process of puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after pressure treatment. The development of microorganisms is one of the main reasons for reducing the quality of the food product during storage. The source of infection of the products is mainly raw materials. Seeding can also occur during the preparation of raw materials, their processing, with insufficiently thorough washing of equipment, with emergency delays in the process.

Given that puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. is a product of long-term storage, special attention should be paid to microbiological purity [19]. In this regard, studies have been conducted to determine a number of microbiological parameters characteristic of this group of products. For puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L., during microbiological studies, the following microorganisms were analyzed: aerobes (industrial sterility), anaerobes, lactic acid bacteria, yeast and fungi. The microflora was determined for puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L., processed in vacuum (control) on the day of its preparation. The study of Petri dishes with microflora seeded showed that in the puree, not processed by physical action (vacuum, pressure), 3 groups of microorganisms are seeded (Table 4).

Among aerobes and facultative aerobes, Bacillus subtilis, whose colonies are pinkish in color, smooth, shiny, is most common. The largest number of microorganisms was detected during plating on Blikfeld’s medium: before the treatment puree revealed 111–104 colonies per 1 g. Colonies, typical for this medium, are white, shiny, very small. Morphologically, we have identified as representatives of the genus Lactobacter. On Saburo’s medium, the most common microorganisms were yeast; from fungi, they were noted in the sowing from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. Rhizopus nigricans Ehr., Which causes such a disease of the fruit as gray mold.

Exposure to a pressure of 400 MPa with an exposure of 30 minutes led to the complete inactivation of lactic acid bacteria and fungi. Sowing of Bacillus subtilis is detected on a nutrient medium in an amount of up to 1 colony, which fully complies with GOST 30425-97 c191 for products of the type under study. This information is fully consistent with foreign literature that describes the inactivation of Bacillus subtilis spores under pressure from 6 MPa.

Table 1.

Characteristics of organoleptic quality indicators of puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after processing by pressure

Table 2.

Content of biologically active substances in puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after processing by pressure

Table 3.

Sugar and organic acid content in puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after pressure treatment

Table 4.

Dynamics of microflora in puree of Lonicera caerulea L. fruits before and after pressure treatment

4 Conclusion

Thus, it was found that in puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L., which was processed with high pressure (400 MPA, exposure 30 min), according to organoleptic characteristics, it meets the requirements of the standard. The amount of vitamin C, as well as the sugar content in puree, is slightly reduced. The organic acid content of puree storage is increased by increasing the level of lactic acid as a result of the breakdown of sugars. To a greater extent during storage, a decrease in the number of anthocyanins occurs.

Exposure to a pressure of 400 MPa with an exposition of 30 min of puree from the fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. leads to complete inactivation of lactic acid bacteria, fungi and yeast and a decrease in the number of aerobes, namely B. subtilis, by 30 times.


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All Tables

Table 1.

Characteristics of organoleptic quality indicators of puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after processing by pressure

Table 2.

Content of biologically active substances in puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after processing by pressure

Table 3.

Sugar and organic acid content in puree from fruits of Lonicera caerulea L. before and after pressure treatment

Table 4.

Dynamics of microflora in puree of Lonicera caerulea L. fruits before and after pressure treatment

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