Production of humic acid from pineapple leaf residue
Ahmed, Osumanu Haruna and Mohd Hanif, Ahmad Husni and Abd Rahim, Anuar and Musa, Mohamed Hanafi (2003) Production of humic acid from pineapple leaf residue. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 22 (1). pp. 113-124. ISSN 1044-0046
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J064v22n01_09
The study was carried out with the following objectives: (i) to quantify the amount of humic acid (HA) that could be extracted from composted pineapple leaf residue using potassium hydroxide (KOH) produced from pineapple leaf residue, and (ii) to compare the elemental composition, functional groups, and spectral characteristics of HA extracted from composted pineapple leaf using 0.1 M KOH from pineapple leaf and that of analytical grade (0.1 M KOH). The 0.1 M KOH from pineapple leaf residue extracted 20% HA from composted pineapple leaf residue while that of the analytical grade (0.1 M KOH) extracted 30%. The elemental composition (C, H, N, O, and S), functional groups (carboxylic, phenolic OH, and total acidity), and spectral characteristics of the HA extracted using the 2 extractants were generally similar. Potassium hydroxide from pineapple leaves can be used to extract some reasonable amount of HA without appreciably altering the elemental and functional groups constitution as well as the spectral characteristics. The potential of using KOH from pineapple leaf residue in HA studies appears promising. © 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved
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