International Sugar Journal

Problems, control, and opportunity of starch in the large scale processing of sugarcane and sweet sorghum [Full subscriber]

Abstract Both sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) and sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) crops are members of the grass (Poaceae) family, and consist of stalks rich in soluble sugars. Sugarcane is primarily utilized for the manufacture of crystalline sucrose whereas sweet sorghum is mostly used for the manufacture of food-grade syrup and bioproducts, and to a lesser extent forage and grain. The extracted juice from both of these crops contains insoluble starch, with much greater quantities occurring in sweet sorghum. Starch in sugarcane is regarded solely as a processing impurity. Insoluble starch can occur in products across both the sugarcane factory and refinery…

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