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Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, INIA
ISSN: 0718-5820
EISSN: 0718-5839
Vol. 72, No. 1, 2012, pp. 87-91
Bioline Code: cj12014
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 72, No. 1, 2012, pp. 87-91

 en SUGARCANE MOLASSE AND WHEY AS ADDITIVES IN THE SILAGE OF LEMONGRASS ( Cymbopogon citratus check for this species in other resources [DC.] Stapf) LEAVES
Ventura-Canseco, Lucía María Cristina; Mendoza Nuñez, José Alfredo; Abud-Archila, Miguel; Oliva-Llaven, María Ángela; Dendooven, Luc & Gutiérrez-Miceli, Federico A.

Abstract

After extraction of essential oil from lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus check for this species in other resources [DC.] Stapf) leaves by steam distillation (heat treatment), large amounts of organic wastes are obtained. This by-product could easily be used as animal feed. The potential of sugarcane molasse and whey as additives to ensile lemongrass leaves was investigated. The vegetative material was obtained after essential oils were extracted from lemongrass leaves with steam distillation. Lemongrass leaves were chopped, mixed with sugarcane molasse and whey, placed in cylindrical plastic containers, hermetically closed. The experimental design for pH optimization was a response surface 3-level factorial design 32 with three replicates. Sugarcane molasse at 5, 10 and 15% (w/w) and whey at 20, 25 and 30% (w/w) were used. The pH of the silage decreased significantly in each treatment, but it was faster when sugarcane molasse was added. The lactic acid concentration was 2.8 g kg-1 DM in silage amended with 15% molasse plus 25% whey and was higher than in silage supplemented with commercial additive after 15 d. In conclusion, it was shown that lemongrass leaves obtained as by product after extracting essential oils can be effectively ensiled with whey and sugarcane molasse as additives inducing a faster production of lactic acid.

Keywords
Silage quality, response surface methodology, pH, lactic acid

 
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