Applications using high voltages and plasma for agriculture, fisheries and food processing
Applications using high voltages and plasma for agriculture, fisheries and food processing are described. Types of high voltages that have biological effects are those caused by discharges and high electric fields. The discharges produce free radicals, intense electric fields, and shockwaves. Biologically-based applications are performed by selecting the type that imparts to the target objects an adequate result from among these agents. For instance, intense electric fields form pores on the cell membrane or influence the nuclei. The radicals in water react with the cell membrane of bacteria, and contribute to the pathogen inactivation. The electrostatic force drives airborne particulates and mushroom hypha. These applications can contribute to the food supply chain of the world.
- 1 Iwate University