Agricultural Benefits of Postharvest Banana Plants

Isolation of Salt Alternative and Potassium Chloride from Banana Plant (Musa Balbisiana Colla) Fiber Ash

Author(s): Dibakar Chandra Deka and Satya Ranjan Neog

Pp: 114-122 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811801631121010010

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Materials and methods for the isolation of potassium chloride from banana plant fiber ash aqueous extract have been discussed. The extract, after neutralization with hydrochloric acid, affords a solid which consists of nearly 90% of potassium chloride. The solid is a prospective table salt alternative, especially for individuals suffering from hypokalemia and high blood pressure. Fractional crystallization of the solid affords potassium chloride of 96% purity, which can find other applications.

Keywords: Banana plant fibre ash, Isolation of potassium chloride, Salt alternative in hypokalemia/hypertension, Salt substitute, Use of banana plant pseudo-stem.

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