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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 1)
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Extraction of Chitin from Trash Crabs (Podophthalmus vigil) by an Eccentric Method

Sunita Das and E. Anand Ganesh
Corresponding Author:  Anand Ganesh 

Key words:  Aspergillus niger, chitin, demineralization, Lactobacillus plantarum, Podophthalmus vigil, ,
Vol. 2 , (1): Page No: 72-75
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2009 October, 05 2009 October, 19 2010 January, 05

The present study was undertaken to extract chitin from trash crab (Podophthalmus vigil) in Cuddalore landing center. Demineralization is an important step in chitin purification process from crabs. The chemical method of demineralization includes the use of strong acid (HCl) that harms the physiochemical properties of chitin. In the present study, Lactobacillus plantarum produced organic acid w as used to substitute the Hydrochloric acid and deproteinization was done by fungus Aspergillus niger. The study showed that the effectiveness of using lactic acid bacteria for demineralization of crab’s shells was comparable to that of using Hydrochloric acid. Using organic acids for dem ineralization is a promising concept, since organic acids are less harmful to the environment, which can preserve the characteristics of the purified chitin.
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Sunita Das and E. Anand Ganesh, 2010. Extraction of Chitin from Trash Crabs (Podophthalmus vigil) by an Eccentric Method.  Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2(1): Page No: 72-75.
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