Por Bento, Luis San Miguel
Inserida em 2010-08-19    Actualizada em 2010-08-19

Starch is an indigenous polysaccharides from cane sugar. Its content on cane depend on cane variety. Presence of starch in different varieties were studied by Godshall (Table 1).

Table 1


Starch in sugar cane exist in two forms:  amilose and amilopectin. Amilose presnt a molecular weight between 100 and 1,000 D and amilopectin betwwen 10,000 and 100,000 D.

Removal of  starch from sugar products can be done enzymaticaly using alfa - amilase.

Moodley et al, 2002, refer that Carbonataion in cane sugar refineries removes 93% of starch (values obtained in lab tests).

Moodley M., P.M.Schorn, D.C.Walthew, P.Masinga, 2002, Investigations into
Carbonatation, Proc. SIT. Conf., paper # 818

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