Sorghum Biochemistry: An Industrial Perspective explores the many uses for sorghum in industry and biofuels. Not only does it offer a detailed understanding of the physical and biochemical qualities of the grain, it also takes an in-depth look at the role sorghum plays in such industries as brewing and ethanol production and the mechanics of post-harvest processing and value addition.
Sorghum has long been an important staple in Africa and Asia, but its value goes far beyond its uses in human and animal consumption. Sorghum is also used in many industries, including waxes, packing material, wall board, ethanol, beverages, and brewing, and one variety called sweet sorghum has also been used as a bioenergy crop. Sorghum Biochemistry: An Industrial Perspective offers a closer look at how the grain is used in such a variety of ways, and how we can continue to optimize its potential.
- Provides detailed biochemical studies on grain sorghum to inform researchers grappling with similar issues
- Offers foundational information on the quality and composition of sorghum as a grain
- Covers a variety of uses for sorghum in many industries, including food and beverage, energy, and brewing
- Includes photos and illustrations to enhance the understanding of processes and sorghum biochemistry
Dr. Ratnavathi has a PhD in Biochemistry from Osmani University, and currently serves as the Principal Investigator on the NFBSFARA project on 'Studies on sucrose accumulation in sweet sorgum for efficient ethanol production," while also leading a research project from the DBT on the therapeutic properties of sorghum. He has led several other externally funded projects and was instrumental in establishing a food safety laboratory under the NAIP Millet Value chain project. He has developed 30 sorghum recipes and 10 semi-processed products, and has published numerous journal articles, books, and book chapters.