International Sugar Journal

Are mannitol and lactic acid indicators of sugarcane deterioration in a South African context? [Full subscriber]

Deteriorated sugarcane can lead to processing difficulties in the factory and to high levels of unwanted compounds in the raw sugar, with some extending to refined sugar. A high level of dextran is one of the more serious processing problems in a sugar factory that is associated with deteriorated cane. The development of a rapid test to measure an indicator of the ‘amount of deterioration’ could be useful to determine whether a load of cane can be processed economically or not. Ethanol has been used as an indicator in the South African industry for many years. Indictors used in other…

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