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Water Purification using Moringa oleifera and other locally available seeds in Fiji for heavy metal removal

Nand, Vikashni and Koshy, Kanayathu and Maata, Matakite and Sotheeswaran, Subramaniam (2012) Water Purification using Moringa oleifera and other locally available seeds in Fiji for heavy metal removal. International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 2 (5). pp. 125-129. ISSN 2221-0997

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    Abstract

    In this paper, the use of local seeds to improve the quality of drinking water in Fiji was investigated. Analysis of the heavy metals cadmium, copper, chromium, lead and zinc were performed before and after treatment of water with the local seeds Moringa oleifera, Arachis hypogaea (peanuts), Vigna unguiculata (cowpeas), Vigna mungo (urad) and Zea mays (corn). The results showed that Moringa seeds were capable of absorbing the heavy metals tested compared to other seeds in some water samples. The percentage removal by Moringa seeds were 90 % for copper, 80 % for lead, 60 % for cadmium and 50 % for zinc and chromium.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Matakite Maata
    Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 09:26
    Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 10:31
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/5752
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