Chapter 8

Analysis of Aqueous Extract of Banana Plant (Musa balbisiana Colla) Fiber Ash

Dibakar Chandra Deka and Satya Ranjan Neog

Abstract

Materials and methods for the preparation and analysis of banana plant pseudo-stem fiber ash aqueous extract have been discussed. The extract is highly rich in potassium and carbonate, moderately in sodium and chloride. In addition, nitrate, phosphate, and 12 other heavy metals in trace concentrations have been detected. The extract is so rich in potassium and carbonate that it is a prospective renewable source for the isolation of potassium carbonate. The origin of carbonate in the extract is the oxalate present in the pseudo-stem fibers.

Total Pages: 106-113 (8)

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