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Value Added Products from Agriculture: Extraction of Pectin from Agro Waste Product Musa Acuminata and Citrus Fruit

Author Affiliations

  • 1P.G.Department of Biochemistry, St.Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore, Karnataka-575003 INDIA
  • 2P.G.Department of Biochemistry, St.Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore, Karnataka-575003 INDIA
  • 3P.G.Department of Biochemistry, St.Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore, Karnataka-575003 INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 3, Issue (3), Pages 13-18, March,8 (2015)

Abstract

Background: Pectin is a chemical substance composed of polymers of D- galacturonic acid which esterifies with methanol. Pectin normally occurs in the primary cell wall of plants and has the function of cell to cell adhesion. Pectin is commercially used for gelling purpose in many industries thus is of great economic importance. Purpose: India despite of having abundant natural resources has failed in its agricultural business globally, this is because the farmers are into vicious cycle. By using agro – waste raw products thus minimizing the product loss and achieving high quality products, could be a solution to the problem. Our study is putting forward a new innovative way for isolation of pectin from Musa acuminate and citrus fruit. Result: Results obtained suggest that agro waste of banana can be used as the potential source of pectin.

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