BIOREVIEW - Waste from sugarcane production to tackle tooth decay, obesity and diabetes

Wednesday, 07th November 2018


A new collaborative research project between the UK and India led by scientists at IBERS, Aberystwyth University, aims to transform waste streams from the Indian sugarcane industry into a range of valuable new products that can address tooth decay, obesity and diabetes. BIOREVIEW will demonstrate the additional economic benefits to the sugarcane industry in India that can be gained by transforming their waste streams into commercially viable products.

The BIOREVIEW team is led by BEACON scientist Dr David Bryant, who said: “India is the world’s second largest producer of sugar and consumes the largest amount of sugar. The Indian sugarcane industry generates waste in the form of unwanted residual liquid, known as spent wash, from bioethanol production; and dry pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane, known as bagasse. We are working together to develop innovative, economically viable, industrial biotechnology processes that will create value added products from this waste.”

It is thought that products worth over £12bn could be produced from the spent wash. In addition, Xylitol, a diabetic-compatible sweetener that prevents tooth decay, which can be produced from bagasse, could be worth £1bn by 2025.

BIOREVIEW is a £1.99M Newton Bhabha Fund Industrial Waste Challenge project designed to create innovative solutions to global challenges. The impact of BIOREVIEW will support the UK Government's Industrial Strategy, with biotechnology identified as a key growth sector.