African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6848

Full Length Research Paper

Influence of drying method and location on amino acids and mineral elements of Sternocera orissa Buguet 1836 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in South Africa

Kagiso G. Shadung*, Maboko S. Mphosi and Phatu W. Mashela
Limpopo Agro-Food Technology Station, School Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Limpopo, Private Bag X 1106, Sovenga,0727, Republic of South Africa.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 October 2012
  •  Published: 05 December 2012


Influence of drying method and location on amino acid and mineral composition of  African metallic wood boring beetle, Sternocera orissa Buquet (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), widely consumed in certain rural communities of Limpopo Province, South Africa was investigated. Randomised complete block design in a 3 × 3 factorial arrangement was used with three drying methods (oven-drying, freeze drying, locally method) and three locations (Khureng, Magatle, Ga-Masemola). The experiment was replicated three times. Relative to freeze-drying, oven-drying and cooking significantly increased essential and non-essential amino acids.  Location did not have significant effect on the essential and non-essential amino acids of S. orissa across all the villages. Similarly, oven-drying and cooking increased potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and magnesium. Compared to locations, beetlesat Ga-Masemola had high amount of iron. Results of this study suggest that oven-drying and cooking improved the amino acids and mineral composition of S. orissa, which has the potential of enhancing nutrition nationally and internationally.


Key words: Amino acids, drying methods, location, Sternocera orissa, mineral elements.