Effects of Germination and Fermentation on the Functionality of Whole Soy Flour

  • Livia Patrascu Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
  • Iuliana Banu Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
  • Ina Vasilean Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
  • Iuliana Aprodu Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Keywords: germination, rheological behaviour, soy, sourdough


Nutritional quality and technological performances of grains can be modulated through germination and controlled fermentation. The aim of the work was to estimate the effect of germination (72 h at 23oC) and fermentation on the fundamental rheological properties of the soy flour based suspensions and sourdoughs, and to assess the bread making potential of the whole soy flours by considering the thermo-mechanical functionality of soy in admixture with white wheat flour. Soy flour based sourdough were prepared using three different starter cultures, consisting of mixtures of lactic acid bacteria like Lactobacillus plantarum, Lb. brevis, Lb. rhamnosus, Lb. casei, Lb. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium BB12®, and Streptococcus thermophilus and/or yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus subsp. Marxianus. The rheological behaviour of the suspensions and sourdoughs was influenced by the soy germination and fermentation processes. The stress sweep tests indicated significant narrowing of the linear viscoelastic regions, as well as the decrease of the stress values required for the beginning of flow. The temperature ramp test showed more intense swelling in case of the germinated and fermented samples. Both native and germinated soy flours were used to replace 15% of the wheat flour, and the Mixolab test indicated that the germination process caused the decrease of protein weakening and dough stability. The sourdoughs addition to the wheat flour resulted in significant changes of the thermo-mechanical properties of the dough. Properties related to stability of starch gel during heating, starch gelatinization and retrogradation depended on the type of starter culture used for fermentation.

Author Biographies

Livia Patrascu, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Iuliana Banu, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Ina Vasilean, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Iuliana Aprodu, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Faculty of Food Science and Engineering