Proximate composition of banana leaves and estimation of fungal degradation products of the leaves at mesophilic temperature
- Author Muhammad Nasir Yaro
- Country : Nigeria
- Subject : Chemistry
Banana Leaves were collected and treated for biogas and bioliquid production. The physical and chemical parameters of the leaves were determined before and after fermentation. The leaves were subjected to anaerobic degradation (fermetation) process at mesophilic temperature (33oC) for 11 consecutive days, where biogas and bioliquid were generated. The amounts of gaseous and liquid degradation products generated in the process were collected and analysed. Various estimations were carried out using different equations/ relations. The work showed that the percentages of organic matter content of the leaves before and after fermentation outweighed the percentages of all other parameters of the leaves; the carbon to nitrogen ratio (C/N) of the leaves increased after fermentation; the weight of bioliquid extracted was greater than the weight of biogas collected; the biogas collected was composed of 68.860 % CH4, 31.138 % CO2 and 0.120 % H2S; the meltenes content of the bioliquid was greater than its asphaltenes content and; the amounts of maltenes and asphaltanes obtained through extraction and estimation methods were almost equal.