VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS FROM PENICILLIUM BIOMASSR. JAYASHREE, M. SIVAGURUNATHAN, K. SARA PARVIN BANU and K. RAMASAMY
Approximately 75 tonnes of Penicillium biomass are generated per day after extraction of pen G from a fermentation industry at Cuddalore. If this biomass is dumped as such it aliers the soil biota and ecosystem. The biomass contains considerable amount of polysaccharides and chitin, which can be effectively recycled into value added products. The results indicated that the composted Penicillium biomass has very good potential for agricultural applications. Composted biomass showed increased nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and IAA Composted biomass when applied to vegetable crops showed no deleterious effect. The proximate composition of the treated biomass was also assessed and the results indicated that this material can be used as a feed material. As it contained 2.4 to 2.6% of chitin extraction of chitin or chitosan is possible from this waste material. Hence based on the local necessity and possibility where addition can be a solution for this waste.
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