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Development of the Moringa Oleifera and Moringa Stenopetala Tree to Provide Valuable Products : Coagulant for Water/Wastewater treatment and Vegetable Oil

Objective



This project aims to extend the technologies available to developing countries for the treatment of surface waters destined for potable use and the treatment of wastewaters for agricultural re-use.
Specifically the aim is to replace proprietary chemical coagulants such as aluminium sulphate (alum) with a naturally derived coagulant - crushed seedpowde of Moringa trees.

The resulting treatment practices will be founded on appropriate technology and be sustainable and affordable.
Cultivation parameters for optimum seed yield will be established. A high quality vegetable oil may also be extracted and represent a second valuable seed product.

The active seed proteins will be isolated, characterized and quantified. Potential biotechnological techniques for protein production will be explored.

* Establish, maintain and monitor trial plantations of M.oleifera and M.stenopetalatrees examining relevant agroforestry parameters; propogation from seeds/cuttings, germinatiol rates, growth rates, seed yields, tree management practices etc.
Optimum conditions wil] be established.

* Conduct water and wastewater treatment trials using M.oleifera and M.stenopetala seed and presscake coagulant within a controlled laboratory environment and under field conditions in Kenya.

* Undertake comprehensive characterisation of the oil from M.oleifera and M.stenopetala seeds including such factors as chemical and physical analyses, extraction techniques, market potential, commercial value, characterisation in use, possible refinement, byproducts and storage requirements.

* Quantify the active components within M.oleifera and M.stenopetala seeds; isolate and explore the structural form of the active components; clone in suitable hosts and overexpress the proteins.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Leicester
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
United Kingdom

Participants (3)

FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR NUTRITION
Germany
Address
Haid-und-neu-strasse 9
76131 Karlsruhe
Kenya Forestry Research Institute
Kenya
Address
Kefri
Nairobi
Technological Educational Institution of Athens
Greece
Address
Agiou Spiridonos
12210 Egaleo - Athens