Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 1 No. 2

Urea Fractionation Method for Concentration of Fatty Acid Extract of Spirulina Platensis

Srinivasa Reddy Ronda* and Vijaya Saradhi Settaluri

Department of Biotechnology, Koneru Lakshmaiah College of Engineering, Vaddeswaram - 522 502, India.

Received on 30 August 2007 and accepted on 08 October 2007



A cheap and reliable method for concentration of unsaturated fatty acid (g-linolenic acid) from Spirulina platensis has been demonstrated using urea and methanol. Using this method, g-linolenic acid purity was enhanced from 24-62% of the total fatty acids.

Keywords : Urea, methanol, g-linolenic acid, Spirulina platensis.