Identification of New Leuconostoc Species Responsible for Post-harvest Sucrose Losses in Sugarcane
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Sugarcane (Saccharum sps. hybrids) is one of the most important commercial crops which account for ~ 80% sugar production in the world. Cut-to-crush sucrose loss is mainly incurred due to bacterial infestation/entry from the cut ends of the harvested cane causing inversion of sucrose. In the present investigation, the associated Leuconostoc species isolated from 34 sugarcane juice samples was molecularly characterized. Along with biochemical indicators, a PCR fragment of 742 bp with species-specific primers indicated that L. lactis is responsible for the inversion of sucrose in sugarcane.
KeywordsPost-harvest sucrose loss Sugarcane Leuconostoc PCR
Senior author is thankful to Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, for providing financial help in the form of women scientist (WOS-A) project award.
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