Processing cereal straws by steam explosion in a pilot plant to enhance digestibility in ruminants.

@article{Viola2008ProcessingCS,
  title={Processing cereal straws by steam explosion in a pilot plant to enhance digestibility in ruminants.},
  author={Egidio Viola and Francesco Zimbardi and Massimiliano Cardinale and Giuliana Cardinale and Giacobbe Braccio and Emilio Gambacorta},
  journal={Bioresource technology},
  year={2008},
  volume={99 4},
  pages={681-9}
}
Wheat, barley and oat straws were treated by steam explosion (SE) and then washed with 50g/l NaOH solution. The SE treatment was optimized at batch scale on the basis of carbohydrate recovery. Stocks of fodder (300kg) were produced at 198 degrees C for 2.5min by a continuous reactor and used for in vivo digestibility tests carried out on sheep. The flow-sheet and the mass balances were obtained for the entire process. For the three straws, the water consumption has been 7.3kg/kg of straw. To… CONTINUE READING
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