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Preparation of an agar-silver nanoparticles (A-AgNp) film for increasing the shelf-life of fruits.

Abstract
Preparation of protective coating possessing antimicrobial properties is present day need as they increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. In the present study, preparation of agar-silver nanoparticle film for increasing the shelf life of fruits is reported. Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) biosynthesised using an extract of Ocimum sanctum leaves, were mixed with agar-agar to prepare an agar-silver nanoparticles (A-AgNp) film. This film was surface-coated over the fruits, Citrus aurantifolium (Thornless lime) and Pyrus malus (Apple), and evaluated for the determination of antimicrobial activity of A-AgNp films using disc diffusion method, weight loss and shelf life of fruits. This study demonstrates that these A-AgNp films possess antimicrobial activity and also increase the shelf life of fruits.
AuthorsJanhavi A Gudadhe, Alka Yadav, Aniket Gade, Priscyla D Marcato, Nelson Durán, Mahendra Rai
JournalIET nanobiotechnology / IET (IET Nanobiotechnol) Vol. 8 Issue 4 Pg. 190-5 (Dec 2014) ISSN: 1751-8741 [Print] England
PMID25429496 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Silver
  • Agar
Topics
  • Agar (chemistry, pharmacology)
  • Anti-Infective Agents (chemistry, pharmacology)
  • Food Preservation (methods)
  • Fruit (drug effects, physiology)
  • Metal Nanoparticles (chemistry)
  • Silver (chemistry, pharmacology)

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