Research Theme-1 (Output-1)
Technology development of high sugar accumulation in OPT
The purpose of Output-1 is to develop a method for increasing the sugar content in the sap in OPT, and to contribute to the efficiency and cost reduction of the high value-added product manufacturing process of the Output-2.
The main research are as follows, 1) Elucidation of the mechanism of OPT sugar content advancement, 2) Elucidation of the starch accumulation mechanism of OPT related to the high sugar content phenomenon, 3) Empirical research on OPT procurement, and 4) Preparation and supply of research samples of OPT sap and fiber.
The aim of Research Theme-1 is (1) to develop a method for increasing the sugar content in the OPT sap, and (2) basic research on OPT sugar content improvement / fertilizer demonstration test, OPT resource value improvement, and OPT stable procurement.Through this research theme-1, the result will contribute to the efficiency and cost reduction of the high value-added product manufacturing process of Research Theme- 2.
The remarkable material property of OPT is 70% of the weight of OPT sap, and the development of management technology to increase the sugar content will directly contribute to the production of biogas from the sap and the production of high value-added products in Research Theme- 2.
In order to make it possible to control the sugar content of OPT sap, starch is actively accumulated mainly in OPT, and the mechanism of increase in sugar content during storage is elucidated.
Stable procurement of OPT is an mandatory issue in the social implementation of Research Theme-2, and it is an issue that must be considered in order to promote the removal of OPT from the palm plantation. Therefore, it is beneficial to consider the application to cosmetics and foods, which are in the high price range among value-added products.
In addition to improving the resource value of OPT, it is also important to make sense that taking out OPT from the palm plantation leads to economic benefits. In Research Theme-1, mainly from economic benefits, to accumulate basic knowledge that encourages OPT to be taken out of the farm is also one of the aim.