Post-harvest deterioration of sugarcane with special reference to quality loss

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Abstract

Six sugarcane varieties were grown and assessed for juice quality maintenance. Post harvest deterioration from 0-120 h and effect of treatments to maintain quality of harvested cane were also studied. The results revealed that when harvested at different maturity (12th to 14th month) cane varieties showed an increase in sucrose upto 13th month and a dip thereafter. Once harvested, there was a steady increase in moisture loss in canes from 24 h to 120 h. During post harvest storage, inversion of sucrose occurs and pol % decreased. Covering the canes with trash and sprinkling of water when stored in sun or sprinkling of water when stored in shade maintains the quality for a longer period.

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