Biodegradable films intend to replace polymers derived from petroleum. The effect of pectin and Tara gum on the properties of films prepared with rice starch and glycerol was studied in this context. FTIR analysis determined the presence of complex interactions between the components. SEM showed regular film surface with minor roughness. The evaluation of mechanical properties of the films proved the importance of pectin, Tara gum and glycerol concentration. When the proportion of pectin to Tara gum was 1:1, the tension at break, the elongation and the solubility reached the highest values while the water vapor permeability dropped to a minimum. Statistical analysis demonstrated non-linear behavior between composition and properties of the films and stated the importance of interactions between the components. Films produced from rice starch and glycerol in combination with pectin and Tara gum present competitive properties in terms of elongation, tensile stress, permeability to water vapor and solubility, displaying a uniform structure suitable for the packaging of food materials.
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