Volume No. 8 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 934-940 April-June 2014

 

PRODUCTION AND EVALUATION OF MICROBIAL PLASTIC FOR ITS DEGRADATION CAPABILITIES

 

Mehta Varda*, Dharaiya Nishith1 and Marjadi Darshan2

1. Department of Life Sciences, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan, Gujrat (INDIA)
2. Department of Life Sciences, Shree Ramkrishna Institute for Computer Education and Applied Sciences, Surat, Gujrat (INDIA)

 

Received on : January 10, 2014

 

ABSTRACT

 

Environmental biotechnology has the intention of increasing sustainability of production process by employing biological systems and human life. In the present study, three different types of plastics were used to check their degradability by using degradability test. The microorganism isolated from oil contaminated soil was found to utilize the edible oil (coconut oil) as a carbon source. These microorganisms were used for the further investigation to produce plastic from the granules, its durability and degradability is in progress. Sudan black staining of this microorganism reveals the presence of PHA granules inside the microorganism. These granules are after extraction useful to produce the plastic film assuming to be used as one of alternatives of biodegradation plastic. TiO2 powders are used for the preparation of microbial plastic. Check their degradability at same time and same species in MMSB medium during these study microbial plastic is highly degradable compare to starch based plastic and polythene plastic.

 

Keywords : Bio- degradability, Microbial plastic, Oil, PHA, Sudan black staining

 

 

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