Merina Paul Das, Suguna P. R., Karpuram Prasad, Vijaylakshmi Jv, Renuka M


  • Objective: Gelatin is widely used biopolymer in various industries due to its excellent biocompatibility, biodegradability properties. In the present study, gelatin was extracted from fish wastes, as an alternative source.

    Methods: This biopolymer was extracted from the scales of freshwater fish, Labeo rohita. After extraction, the proximate analysis and physico-chemical analysis of the fish scale gelatin were carried out. This functional polymer was also characterized using different analytical methods, such as UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) for the evaluation of crystalline and surface morphology, and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for structural determination.

    Results: The scales of L. rohita yield 24% (dry weight basis) of gelatin, indicating this fish species as potential source of gelatin. The proximate analysis determined was low moisture content (4.2%), ash (1.4%) and high protein (90%) content. The result of the study confirms the effectiveness of extraction method used.

    Conclusion: The fish scales of L. rohita are found to be a sustainable and renewable source of gelatin with desirable functionalities and it is the best alternative for mammalian gelatin in food and other industries.


Gelatin, Fish scale, Extraction, Characterization

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Merina Paul Das
Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharath University, Chennai, India

Suguna P. R.
Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharath University, Chennai, India

Karpuram Prasad
Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharath University, Chennai, India

Vijaylakshmi Jv
Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharath University, Chennai, India

Renuka M
Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharath University, Chennai, India

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