MOISTURE DEPENDENT PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ASSESSMENT OF DEENANATH GRASS SEEDSSanjay Kumar Singh, Sheshrao Kautkar, P.K. Pathak and Amit Kumar Patil
A study was conducted to assess the effect of moisture content at five levels varying from 6.88 to 19.23 % (dry basis) on selected physical properties of defluffed Deenanath grass seeds. The physical properties viz. length, width, thickness, arithmetic mean diameter and geometric mean diameter of defluffed Deenanath seeds increased from 2.30 to 2.56 mm, 0.71 to 0.96 mm, 0.47 to 0.63 mm, 1.16 to 1.38 mm and 0.90 to 1.15 mm respectively with increase in moisture content whereas, the bulk density, true density, and porosity decreased from 652.16 to 585.78 kg.m-3, 852.63 to 792.71 kg.m-3 and 25.62 to 24.97% respectively with an increase in moisture content in the selected range of 6.88 to 19.23%. The study showed that the aspect ratio, sphericity, surface area, volume and thousand seed mass of defluffed Deenanath seeds were in the range of 30.91 to 37.51 %, 0.39 to 0.45, 2.58 to 3.23 mm2, 3.71 to 4.97 mm3 and 0.480 to 0.523 g respectively.