Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/30/2002
Publication Date: 6/20/2002
Citation: Proceedings of the Corn Utilization & Technology Conference, June 3-5, 2002 (2002) pp.122-127. Published by the National Corn Growers Assoc. & Corn Refiners Assoc. Inc.
Technical Abstract: More than 4 million tons of corn fiber is produced each year by current wet milling operations in North America. Current dry-grind ethanol plants are now producing more than 1 million additional tons of corn fiber, contained in the coproduct, Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS). New processes in development for modified dry grind operations, biobased product manufacture, and new enzymatic milling processes, will generate more and different types of fiber in the future. Rather than treating this fibrous material as the lowest value byproduct from corn milling, our research program has chosen to look at fiber as one of our most abundant, currently available and renewable feedstock for the production of biobased industrial products, nutraceuticals, functional food ingredients, and biofuels. Examples of potential products derived from fiber include corn fiber gum, corn fiber oil, L-arabinose, polyamine conjugates, cellulose/arabinoxylan products and fuel ethanol.