The YSI 2900 Biochemistry Analyser - Beet it!

As far as I am aware Michael Jackson was not propounding increased production of sugar beet as a viable alternative to sugarcane cultivation when he recorded his classic track ‘Beat it’. Of course he may have been aware that three of the world’s largest sugar beet manufacturers (North America, Western Europe and Eastern Europe) were facing a sugar beet production shortfall, meaning that they would end up net importers of sugar – but somehow I doubt it.

I actually have a feeling that the vagaries of world sugar beet production were not high on Mr Jackson’s agenda, which is rather a shame as it is a fascinating subject. Sugar, as derived from the fleshy taproot of the beet Beta vulagaris, actually only accounts for around 20% of the world’s sugar produced each year.

The main source of sugar is one of the many types of sugarcane ‘grasses’ of the genus Saccharum which store the sugar (sucrose) in the stalk internodes. Sugarcane is predominantly a tropical and subtropical crop whereas sugar beet is a temperate climate crop. The extraction of sugar from sugar beet proved more problematical than sugarcane processing and it was not until 1812 that a process for the industrial extraction of sugar from the macerated root was devised.

Given the world’s developing sweet tooth the 165 million tonnes extracted annually equates to big business and this means efficient and effective analysis of the process is required, both for the sugars themselves and any associated products such as ethanol.

This is where the YSI 2900 Biochemistry Analyser comes in. Now used, and trusted, by sugar manufacturers throughout the world, YSI’s proprietary immobilised enzyme technology can deliver precise analysis results for a whole range of sugars – sucrose, glucose, xylose, lactose, galactose - in less than a minute, employing highly flexible sampling procedures. This permits optimisation of plant equipment; to maximise yields, as well as efficient control and monitoring of waste discharge to rivers.

The new YSI 2900 Series is modular, versatile and can address your specific requirements (it will even analyse 96 well plates). The same rapid analysis system that makes it invaluable for the sugar industry also makes it the instrument of choice for other commercial concerns, such as Biofuel Production, Bioprocess Monitoring and Fermentation Control. In addition to sugars it can also analyse Glutamine, Glutamate, Ethanol, Lactate, Methanol, Glycerol, Hydrogen Peroxide, plus ISE measurement of Ammonium and Potassium; measuring two compatible chemistries at the same time in the YSI 2900 version, expandable to a formidable six chemistries in the YSI 2950.

As Michael might have said: Beet that! 

Date added: 2015-05-25 12:18:09