Ultrasound technology for food fermentation applications

K. Shikha Ojha, Timothy J. Mason, C. P. O’Donnell, J. P. Kerry, B. K. Tiwari

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Fermentation processes involve the participation of enzymes and organic catalysts, generated by range of microorganisms, to produce chemical transformations. Ultrasound can be used in such processes to either monitor the progress of fermentation or to influence its progress. High frequency ultrasound (> 2MHz) has been extensively reported as a tool for the measurement of the changes in chemical composition during fermentation providing real time information on reaction progress. Low frequency ultrasound (20 – 50 kHz) can influence the course of fermentation by improving mass transfer and cell permeability leading to improved process efficiency and production rates. It can also be used to eliminate micro-organisms which might otherwise hinder the process. This review summarises key applications of high and low frequency ultrasound in food fermentation applications.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ultrasonics Sonochemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, [34, (2016)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ultsonch.2016.06.001© 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-417
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2016

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  • Wine
  • Dairy
  • Process analytical technique
  • Sonoporation
  • High frequency ultrasound
  • Low frequency ultrasound


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