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Post-harvest deterioration of sugarcane and chemical methods to minimize sucrose losses


Sucrose losses after the harvest of sugarcane and (luring subsequent milling operation are one of the most serious problems in many sugar processing units in sub-tropical India. The field losses in commercial cane sugar were 0.35, 1.0 and 1.32 units per day during early, mid-season and late-crushing periods, respectively. A small study revealed 13 kg sucrose loss per ton cane milled due to the biological agents. Some approaches, like pre-harvest foliar application of divalent cations (Zn++ and Mn++) and post-harvest application of anti-bacterial formulations have shown reduction in sucrose loss after harvest.

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Solomon, S., Banerji, R., Shrivastava, A.K. et al. Post-harvest deterioration of sugarcane and chemical methods to minimize sucrose losses. Sugar Tech 8, 74–78 (2006).

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  • Post-harvest losses
  • milling
  • biocide
  • sugar recovery