International Sugar Journal

Post-harvest biodeterioration of sugarcane: Taxonomic history and current perspectives [Full subscriber]

Abstract Direct and indirect losses of saleable sugar are responsible for reduced revenue in the sugarcane processing industry. Sucrose loss due to post-harvest deterioration of sugarcane is a complex issue influenced by a multitude of factors. This paper focuses on the post-harvest biodeterioration of sugarcane; i.e. sucrose loss due to the action of microorganisms, with an emphasis on the isolation and identification of causative bacteria. The research of scientists involved in the first isolation and identification of microorganisms associated with deteriorated sugarcane and processing streams is discussed. The paper gives a scientific perspective on modern day taxonomic techniques that are…

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