International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 7 Issue 2 2016- September 2016  Pages: 184 - 200                            Next>>

Biosorption study of pharmaceutical industry effluent using few aquatic Macrophytes

Author Information:

Priyadarshini Pillai - R.K Institute of Management and Computer Science, Bellandur Gate, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, India


The study was conducted to treat the Pharmaceutical industry effluent using few dried powered aquatic macrophytes (Lemna minor L., Azolla pinnata L, Pistia stratiotes L. and Ceratophyllum dermasum). The treatment was carried out on various concentrations (25%, 50% 75% and 100%) of Pharmaceutical Industry effluent. Highest removal of pollutant was observed at lower effluent concentrations (25% and 50%) as compare to higher effluent concentrations (75 % and 100%). The addition of aquatic macrophytes has brought significant reduction in various parameters of Pharmaceutical industry effluent. The reduction in pollution load may be due to the sanative  and adsorptive properties of macrophytes in aquatic system  whichcan be used as low cost and safest biological adsorbents for removing toxic substances in pharmaceutical industry effluent.

Keywords: Biosorption, Aquatic macrophytes, Pharmaceutical industry effluent, batch experiment.    


© 2016 Copyright by the authors, licensee Integrated Publishing Association.This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (3.0) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

The electronic version of the article can be downloaded below

Download full text pdf

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend