Variation of Fiber Composition in Sugar Cane Stalks

Alex Ouensanga


A knowledge of the distribution of the sugar cane fiber's basic constituents—cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin—in the stalk, is necessary for a rational utilization of bagasse (principal by-product of the sugar cane industry). It is shown that concentration of these above-mentioned compounds varies with location in the stalk. An attempt is made to relate the chemical content variation of the fiber with age of the cells in the stalk.


sugar cane fiber;stalk;cellulose;hemicellulose;pentosan;lignin

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