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Karthika, S. and Wilson, P. A. and Harikrishnan, K. and Sabu , Thomas (2016) Characterization and Evaluation of Phenol Degrading Bacillus Spp. for Enhancing the Softness of Coir Fiber. Journal of Natural Fibers , 13 (3). pp. 253-260. ISSN 1544-0478

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Coir is a unique versatile and most resistant fiber among all commercially available natural fibers. The rigidity and toughness of the coir fiber due to its high phenylpropanoid content makes its usage limited for tough textured products. In this study, an eco-friendly microbial formulation was developed using phenol degrading strains to improve the quality of the coir fiber. The coir fiber treated with these bacterial strains showed enhanced brightness, reduced flexural rigidity, and increase in softness. Scanning electron micrograph analysis confirmed the improved surface texture of the treated fiber. The application of phenol degrading Bacillus spp. promises to be an effective eco-friendly strategy for the quality improvement of coir fiber.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bacillus spp; brightness index; coir fiber softening; flexural rigidity; phenol degradation; SEM analysis
Subjects: Environmental Biology
Depositing User: Rgcb Library
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:02
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 09:35
URI: http://rgcb.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/511

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