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International Journal of Environmental Bioremediation & Biodegradation. 2014, 2(1), 1-4
DOI: 10.12691/ijebb-2-1-1
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Extraction from Agricultural Waste, Ipomoea batatas L. Lam Leaves as a Cheap Source of Natural Dye

Seow-Mun Hue1, , Amru Nasrulhaq Boyce2 and Chandran Somasundram2

1Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science, Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

2Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science & Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pub. Date: January 07, 2014

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Seow-Mun Hue, Amru Nasrulhaq Boyce and Chandran Somasundram. Extraction from Agricultural Waste, Ipomoea batatas L. Lam Leaves as a Cheap Source of Natural Dye. International Journal of Environmental Bioremediation & Biodegradation. 2014; 2(1):1-4. doi: 10.12691/ijebb-2-1-1


The negative effects of yellow synthetic dyes on human health and environment were extensively studied and various methods have been proposed to overcome these problems. In the current study, we proposed a simple method of extraction via solvent-solvent extraction from Ipomoea batatas L. lam leaves, a common agriculture waste. Through this method, the dye was found to be completely devoid of any pesticides and herbicides and thus safe for consumption. Besides, the extracted dye was also found to be stable up to 2 years of storage. This method is simple and can be easily adapted by small industries as a form of supplement income in developing countries.

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