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Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, ISSN: 2457-0591, ISSN: 2231-0606 (Past),Vol.: 24, Issue.: 4


Ethanol Production Potential from Sweet Sorghum Fertilized with Filter Cake and Vinasse from the Sugarcane Industry


Eduardo Henrique Lima de Lucena1*, Emmanuel Damilano Dutra1, Elvira Maria Regis Pedrosa2, Rômulo Simões Cezar Menezes1, José Nildo Tabosa3, André Luiz de Carvalho4, Mário Monteiro Rolim2, Renisson Neponuceno de Araújo Filho5, Dario Costa Primo1, Jadson Emmanuel Lopes Antunes6 and Victor Casimiro Piscoya2

1Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade Universitária, Av. Prof. Luís Freire, 1000, CEP 50740-540, Recife, PE, Brazil.

2Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rua Dom Manoel de Medeiros, s/n, Dois Irmãos, CEP 52171-900, Recife, PE, Brazil.

3Instituto Agronômico de Pernambuco, Av. General San Martin, 1371, Bongi, CEP 50761-000, Recife, PE, Brazil.

4Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Av. Lourival Melo Mota, s/n Tabuleiro do Martins, s/n, Dois Irmãos, CEP 57072-900, Maceió, Al, Brazil.

5Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Rua Badejós, Lote 7, Chácaras 69/72, s/n - Zona Rural, CEP 77402-970, Gurupi, TO, Brazil.

6Universidade Federal do Piaui, Campus Ministro Petônio Portela, s/n, Ininga, CEP 64049-550, Teresina, PI, Brazil.

Article Information


(1) Dr. Iván Francisco García-Tejero, Instituto Andaluz de Investigacion y Formacion Agraria y Pesquera (IFAPA), Centro Las Torres-Tomejil, Alcala del Rio (Sevilla), Spain.


(1) Mónica Guadalupe Lozano Contreras, National institute of Forest Research Agricultural and Livestock, Mexico.

(2) Raymundo Sánchez Orozco, Technological Institute of Advanced Studies of  Jocotitlan, Mexico.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/25433


Sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) has high potential to produce ethanol as a complementary crop to sugarcane, whose industry generates large amounts of waste that can be used as fertilizer. The effect of using vinasse and filter cake in the sweet sorghum production was evaluated in an experiment carried out at the “Luiz Jorge da Gama Wanderley” Experimental Station (Agronomic Institute of Pernambuco - IPA) in Vitória de Santo Antão, PE, Brazil, from July to October 2013. The experimental design was randomized blocks consisting of two independent factors (five levels of vinasse application (0; 19.42; 77.68; 155.36 and 310.72 m3ha-1) and five levels of filter cake (0; 2.75; 11.0; 22.0 and 44.0 Mg ha-1), with four replicates. Sorghum stem yield and ethanol potential, wet cake weight, total recoverable sugars, reducing sugars and fiber were determined. Vinasse and filter cake promoted increases in sorghum stem, sugar, and ethanol yield. Therefore, the use of vinasse and filter cake enables the production of sweet sorghum for ethanol production complementary to sugarcane.

Keywords :

Agriculture; industrial residues; energy crops; biofuel.

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DOI : 10.9734/JEAI/2018/42574

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