Cassava Starch Maltodextrinization/Monomerization through Thermopressurized Aqueous Phosphoric Acid Hydrolysis

  • José D. FontanaEmail author
  • Mauricio Passos
  • Madalena Baron
  • Sabrina V. Mendes
  • Luiz P. Ramos
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Kinetic conditions were established for the depolymerization of cassava starch for the production of maltodextrins and glucose syrups. Thin-layer chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography analyses corroborated that the proper H3PO4 strength and thermopressurization range (e.g., 142–170°C; 2.8–6.8 atm) can be successfully explored for such hydrolytic purposes of native starch granules. Because phosphoric acid can be advantageously maintained in the hydrolysate and generates, after controlled neutralization with ammonia, the strategic nutrient triplet for industrial fermentations (C, P, N), this pretreatment strategy can be easily recognized as a recommended technology for hydrolysis and upgrading of starch and other plant polysaccharides. Compared to the classic catalysts, the mandatory desalting step (chloride removal by expensive anion-exchange resin or sulfate precipitation as the calcium-insoluble salt) can be avoided. Furthermore, properly diluted phosphoric acid is well known as an allowable additive in several popular soft drinks such as colas since its acidic feeling in the mouth is compatible and synergistic with both natural and artificial sweeteners. Glycosyrups from phosphorolyzed cassava starch have also been upgraded to high-value single-cell protein such as the pigmented yeast biomass of Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous (Phaffia rhodozyma), whose astaxanthin (diketo-dihydroxy-β-carotence) content may reach 0.5-1.0 mg/g of dry yeast cell. This can be used as an ideal complement for animal feeding as well as a natural staining for both fish farming (ment) and poultry (eggs).

Index Entries

Starch hydrolysis phosphoric acid maltodextrinization astaxanthin byproducts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José D. Fontana
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mauricio Passos
    • 1
  • Madalena Baron
    • 2
  • Sabrina V. Mendes
    • 1
  • Luiz P. Ramos
    • 3
  1. 1.LQBB—Biomass Chemo/Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences SectorUFPR—Federal University of ParanaCuritiba, PRBrazil
  2. 2.Pharmaceutical Sciences/UNIANDRADECuritiba, PRBrazil
  3. 3.CEPESQ—Research Center in Applied Chemistry, Department of ChemistryUFPRCuritiba, PRBrazil

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