Reports from University of Michoacana Describe Recent Advances in Bioresources (Characterization of Lignocellulosic Fruit Waste as an Alternative Feedstock for Bioethanol Production)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Researchers detail new data in Life Science Research. According to news reporting from Michoacan, Mexico, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "To use a new potential lignocellulosic bioresource that has several attractive agroenergy features for ethanol production, the chemical characterization and compositional analysis of several fruit wastes were carried out. Orange bagasse and orange, banana, and mango peels were studied to determine their general biomass characteristics and to provide detailed analysis of their chemical structures."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Michoacana, "Semiquantitative analysis showed that the components for each fruit waste differed with respect to chemical composition. Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) of the residual biomass showed the presence of various functional groups - aldehydes or ketones (C=O), alkanes (C-C), and ethers (C-O-C). Even water molecules were detected, indicating the complex nature of the feedstocks. The concentrations of total sugars ranged between 0.487 g.g(-1) and 0.591 g.g(-1) of dry weight biomass. The thermal profiles (TG-DSC) of the residual fruits occurred in at least three steps, which are associated with the main components (hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin)."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The decomposition by thermal analysis was completed at around 600 degrees C and was influenced by the nature of the component ratio."
For more information on this research see: Characterization of Lignocellulosic Fruit Waste as an Alternative Feedstock for Bioethanol Production. Bioresources, 2014;9(2):1873-1885. Bioresources can be contacted at: North Carolina State Univ Dept Wood & Paper Sci, Campus Box 8005, Raleigh, NC 27695-8005, USA (see also Life Science Research).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R.S. Orozco, Univ Michoacana, Fac Ingn Tecnol Madera, Morelia 58060, Michoacan, Mexico. Additional authors for this research include P.B. Hernandez, G.R. Morales, F.U. Nunez, J.O. Villafuerte, V.L. Lugo, N.F. Ramirez, C.E.B. Diaz and P.C. Vazquez.
Keywords for this news article include: Biotechnology, Mexico, Energy, Michoacan, Bio Ethanol, Oil and Gas, Bioengineering, Life Science Research, North and Central America
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