The effect of irradiation (2.5, 4.0, 5.5, and 7.0 kGy) on chemical properties and volatile contents of linseed was investigated. Consistent decreases were observed in both protein and oil content of the irradiated linseed samples with increasing irradiation doses. The ash content of the irradiated linseed samples increased significantly (P < .05) with increasing irradiation doses except for 5.5 kGy. Irradiation treatment caused irregular changes in palmitic and stearic acid content.
Although styrene and p-xylene content decreased as a result of irradiation, 1-hexanol content only decreased at 7.0 kGy. Benzaldehyde, p-cymene, and nonanol were not determined at irradiation doses above 4.0 kGy.