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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: CHARACTERIZATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF SUGAR INDUSTRY PROCESS UNITS IMPACTED BY NEW PRODUCTION PRACTICES

Location: Commodity Utilization Research

Project Number: 6435-41000-095-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Oct 01, 2004
End Date: Sep 30, 2009

Objective:
To determine the physico-chemical properties of juice from sugarcane varieties subjected to new harvesting and storage practices. Develop markers/indicators of deteriorated and green (unburnt) sugarcane, based on physico-chemical properties, that can be used to predict processing problems. To determine the levels and effects of green trash that impact sugar processing, and improve harvest and processing methods to increase efficiency and reduce sugar losses.

Approach:
Develop and deliver methods/tests to sugar factory personnel, which can be used to measure sugarcane quality indicator compounds that can predict future processing problems. Undertake studies to characterize the physico-chemical quality and processing ability of different components of green sugarcane trash. Undertake parallel field and factory studies to evaluate the effect of trash quality parameters on factory performance. Undertake collaborations with process managers and designers, to reduce the negative impact of green trash impurities on the efficiency of two specific industrial processes by improving process controls and designs and the use of processing aids.

Last Modified: 9/23/2014
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