Daily Archives: December 30, 2015

Microalgae Removal with Moringa oleifera

Barrado-Moreno MM, Beltran-Heredia J, Martín-Gallardo J. Microalgae removal with Moringa oleifera. Toxicon. 2015 Dec 11;110:68-73. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2015.12.001.

Moringa oleifera seed extract was tested for algae (Chlorella, Microcystis, Oocystis and Scenedesmus) removal by Jar-test technique. This coagulant can be used in drinking water treatment. Jar-test has been carried out in order to evaluate the efficiency of this natural coagulant agent inside real surface water matrix. The influence of variables has been studied in this process, including operating parameters such as coagulant dosage, initial algae concentration, pH, agitation time and water matrix. Removal capacity is verified for water with high contamination of algae while the process is not affected by the pH and water matrix. Coagulation process may be modelling through Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption hypothesis, so acceptable r2 coefficients are obtained.