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BIOMEDICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF SOME COCONUT-DERIVED PRODUCTS AND THEIR PRODUCTION PROCESSES IN SRI LANKA

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ROHAN H WICKRAMASINGHE

COCOS, LK
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Institute for Tropical Environmental Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Abstract

The coconut palm is said to have been introduced to Sri Lanka over
2300 years ago. Several industries have grown up to process products from
this tree. Many of these production units have traditionally been located in
rural areas and any adverse environmental impacts have in the past been
considered negligible or not very serious. However, with the development of
these industries and the increasing density of population more concern is
being taken to identify and mitigate any adverse environmental effects and
biomedical effects on workers in these industries as well as the general public.
The industries examined in this article relate to the production of I) coconut
oil, 2) desiccated coconut, 3).charcoal and activated carbon and 4) husk fibre
and coir pith. Biomedical aspects of some of these products are also noted as
well as articles which can serve as guides to the literature in each area.
How to Cite: WICKRAMASINGHE, R.H., (2010). BIOMEDICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF SOME COCONUT-DERIVED PRODUCTS AND THEIR PRODUCTION PROCESSES IN SRI LANKA. COCOS. 13, pp.8–20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cocos.v13i0.2172
Published on 11 Aug 2010.
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