Article Number: DRJBB184735290
ISSN: 2734-2158

Vol. 8(1), Pp. 1-6, May 2022

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Original Research Article

Comparative Assessment of the Microbiology of Palm SAP from Life and Felled Oil Palm (Elaeis guinensis) Tree

Remison, A.

Odion-Owase, A. O.


The sap of the oil palm tree (Elaeis guinnesis) serves as a rich substrate for various types of microorganism to grow. However, it is a source for producing the traditional wine, palm wine. This study was done with the aim to compare the microorganism found in palm wine samples obtained from living and felled oil palm tree at different time of fermentation. The palm sap samples were collected and allowed to ferment for three days (72 hours). Samples were collected twice a day for three days and analyzed for the presence of microorganism using standard microbiological procedure. The result reveals that the microbial load varies with fermentation time across each sample. With respect to the microbial population, aerobic mesophilic counts ranging between 7.08 x 107 and 6.20 x 108 cfu/ml and 4.01 x 107 and 1.60 x 109 cfu/ml respectively, lactic acid bacteria count ranging between 1.3 x 107 and 6.75 x 108 cfu/ml and 1.65 x 107 and 9.75 x 108 cfu/ml respectively. Yeast counts between 4.0 x 105 and 6.00 x 107 cfu/ml and 3.43 x 105 and 5.68 x 107 cfu/ml respectively. Across the sample from the two sources (living and felled oil palm tree) acetic acid bacteria counts between 5.6 x 107 and 6 x 107 cfu/ml and coliform bacteria between bacteria 5 x 103 and 7.50 x 103 cfu/ml. Further microbiological analysis revealed the various bacteria and yeast isolated from the palm wine samples. From the comparative analysis of the microorganism gotten from palm wine from life and felled oil palm tree at different time, the result revealed that at the beginning of fermentation on the first day, the isolates identified were mostly bacterial contaminants and the yeast Saccharomyces cereveisae. No lactic acid bacteria at the initial stage of tapping from either the palm wine from the living or felled oil palm tree. Lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus spp) was isolated from the 2nd day of fermentation from both living and felled palm sap and remained till the third day of fermentation in both palm wine samples. Acetic acid bacteria, Acetobacter aceti and Gluconobacter spp were present in both sample from the third day of fermentation due to the buildup in alcohol concentrations on the third day. Zymomonas mobilis was also present in the palm wine from living tree but absent in the felled tree palm wine. Generally, Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and Acetic acid bacteria (AAB) were both present in the samples only after the onset of fermentation from the second and the third day of fermentation respectively. It is therefore recommended that the microbiology and the biochemistry of palm wine must be fully understood.

Keywords: Microbiological Analysis, oil palm tree, (Elaeis guinnesis) fermentation period

 Received: April 5, 2022  Accepted: May 19, 2022  Published: May 23, 2022

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