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Microbiology Department
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Headed by Dr.Anitadas Ravindranath, Senior Scientific Officer, Ph-+91 477 2258480 (Bio-data)
 
PITHPLUS COIRRET
   
The Microbiology Department of CCRI concentrates on research leading to development of user-friendly, cost effective and environment safe technologies for the coir industry through bio-technological intervention. Bio-bleaching of coir fibre and exploring the possibility of extracting the lignin in coir for economical end use are subjects of study. The activities in the department over the past two decades have led to the formulation of COIRRET & PITHPLUS. Coirret is the formulation for reducing the period of retting of coconut husk to three months and un-retted coir fibre in 72 hours(3 days). PITHPLUS converts coir pith into coir pith organic manure (C-POM). The PILOT SCALE LABORATORY established in 1994 initiated extension of COIRRET & PITHPLUS to the entrepreneurs in all coconut growing states in India for treatment of coconut husk, coir fibre and pith
 
ACTIVITIES
To develop a consortium of efficient micro organisms f53-or biological treatment of coir retting effluent.
Research investigations on synthesis of vanillin from sodium lignosulphonates extracted from coir pith Coir is used as a ecofrendly material for construction of Coir Net House for growing plants
Chemical characterization and modification of coir fibre for enhanced longevity and their physico chemical studies through collaboration with IICB, Kolkata
Conduct studies on coir pith as bio absorbent for removal and recovery of toxic metal ions from solutions at lower pH through collaboration with BARC, Mumbai
Development of an enzyme kit for biosoftening and biobleaching of coir fibre through collaboration with IACR, Kolkata
To maintain the routine production of COIRRET and PITHPLUS in the Pilot Scale Laboratory for catering to its requirement in the coir industry
 
SERVICES
Extension of COIRRET & PITHPLUS from the Pilot Scale Laboratory
Testing of coir pith for NPK, Salinity, Electrical Conductivity, pH, Lignin, Moisture, Cation Exchange Capacity(CEC), E.coli and Salmonella