Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2013 Vol: 5 Issue: 2

Physicochemical characteristics of Manihot esculenta plant and its waste


Starch provides 70-80% of calories consumed by humans in the form of cereals, roots and tubers. Cassava contain 60-70% of starch in tubers and leaves. This Cassava tuber is used as staple food in India. It also contain high amount of protein present leaves (70%) for animal feed production. Cassava waste and pulp can be used as raw material for production of monosodium glutamate starch in food Industry. It is also used as substrate for production of single cell protein, ethanol. Cassava pulp contains maximum amount of non reducing sugar (6.6mg). Vitamin C was highly observed in leaves (300mg and waste (360mg).