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Shanmugam N.,ICAR Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology CIRCOT | Nagarkar R.D.,ICAR Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology CIRCOT | Kurhade M.,ICAR Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology CIRCOT
Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources | Year: 2015

Microcrystalline cellulose powder was prepared from banana pseudostem fibres. The conventional method for preparingcellulose powder requires cooking of raw material with high concentration of alkali followed by washing, bleaching andgrinding. In this study cellulose powder was prepared by a method which was developed by CIRCOT in which raw material(banana fibres) were subjected to anaerobic treatment in the presence of microbial consortium for 7 days at roomtemperature. Fibres were washed with water and cooked in 1% alkali at 100o C for 30 min. followed by bleaching andthorough washing. Hydrolysis of bleached pulp was carried out using 2.5N HCl to get the microcrystalline cellulose powderand studied the properties of the produced cellulose powder such as moisture content, ash content, cellulose content, starchcontent, pH value, solubility, degree of polymerization, molecular weight, particle size, degree of compressibility, x-raycrystalinity and infrared spectroscopy. Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) powder prepared from banana fibres has propertiesat par with commercial grade MCC. © 2015, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR). All rights reserved.

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