Effect of withering on the polyphenol oxidase level in the tea leaf

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The level of polyphenol oxidase in tea leaf (Camellia sinensis) decreased on partial desiccation of the leaf during the withering process of black tea manufacture. However, sufficient activity remained, even after withering, to oxidise the available substrate in the leaf. The loss in activity due to desiccation was restored on rehydration.

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