Effect of Air-Phase Germination with Anion Radiation and Water-Spraying on Germination Ratio, Sprout Growth, and GABA Contents of Germinated Brown Rice

  • Lim, K.T. (Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences) ;
  • Chung, J.H. (Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences) ;
  • Hong, J.H. (Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences) ;
  • Kim, J.H. (Seoul National University) ;
  • Lee, E.T. (Seoul National University) ;
  • Im, A.L. (Seoul National University)
  • Published : 2006.06.30

Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of air-phase germination with water-spraying and anion stimuli on germination ratio, sprout growth and ${\gamma}$-aminobutyric acid (GABA) of brown rice. Air-phase germination method with intermittent spraying water improved germination ratio and sprout growth by about 100% compared with the conventional water-soaking method. Anion radiation was applied during the germination process and improved the germination ratio, sprout growth and color quality of the germinated brown rice. Germination ratio and sprout growth were improved up to 9% with anion radiation, and its brightness was higher than brown rice germinated with no anion radiation. The air-phase germination with water-spraying improved the GABA content of germinated brown rice by about 8-9 times compared with that of brown rice.