Research on Chemical Composition and Ensiling Characteristics of Banana Stems and Leaves
In order to investigate the nutritive and ensiling characteristics of banana stems and leaves, the chemical compositions of banana stems and leaves were analyzed and the effects of additives on fermentation quality were measured. The research results showed: Banana stems and leaves had high fiber content (stem>58% DM, leaf >72% DM), nitrogen free extract content (>50% DM), and water soluble carbohydrate contents (WSC>5% DM), with certain nutritive value. Tannins of banana stem and leaf were 0.11% DM and 0.24% DM. There were lactic acid bacteria (>105cfu/g FM) in the banana stems and leaves; they might be well preserved with some treatments.
Weiguo Pan, Jianxing Ren and Yongguang Li
J. S. Yang et al., "Research on Chemical Composition and Ensiling Characteristics of Banana Stems and Leaves", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 347-353, pp. 1647-1651, 2012