International Sugar Journal

Microbial and physicochemical properties of sugarcane bagasse for potential conversion to value-added products [Full subscriber]

Abstract Sugarcane bagasse is a potential source for commercially-viable products such as animal feed, mulch, or fuel. The applications will be determined by the levels of moisture, ash and beneficial chemicals in the bagasse. Manufacturing value-added products will be impacted by microbes, and may require microbial conversion of the substrate. Microbes present in bagasse have potential for conversion of bagasse to beneficial products because they have the ability to metabolize fibers, and to survive the environmental conditions in bagasse. These microbes also have the potential to interfere with the production of desired products. An analysis of both microbes and chemicals…

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