Marine bacterial prodigiosin as dye for rubber latex, polymethyl methacrylate sheets and paper

  • Jissa G Krishna
  • Ansu Jacob
  • Philip Kurian
  • KK Elyas
  • M Chandrasekaran

Abstract

Prodigiosin is known for its immunomodulatory, antibacterial, antimycotic, antimalarial, algicidal and anticancer activities. Here, we reported the evaluation of prodigiosin pigment as a dyeing agent in rubber latex, paper and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) so that it can be considered as an alternative to synthetic pigments. Maximum color shade was obtained in rubber sheet prepared with 0.5 parts per hundred gram of rubber (phr) pigment and PMMA sheet incorporated with 0.08 μg pigment. Results indicate scope for utilization of prodigiosin as dye for PMMA and rubber and also prodigiosin dyed paper as a pH indicator. Further, being a natural and water insoluble pigment, it is ecofriendly.

Keywords: Prodigiosin, Serratia sp., dye, rubber, polymethyl methacrylate

African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 12(17), pp. 2266-2269

Author Biographies

Jissa G Krishna
Microbial Technology Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022, Kerala, India; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore 560 065, India
Ansu Jacob
Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin-682 022, Kerala, India
Philip Kurian
Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin-682 022, Kerala, India
KK Elyas
Microbial Technology Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022, Kerala, India; Department of Biotechnology, Calicut University, Kerala, India
M Chandrasekaran
Microbial Technology Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022, Kerala, India
Published
2016-01-29
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