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Singapore scientists turn fruit peel into antibacterial dressings

21.09.2021 129 просмотров

Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore recycle food waste by creating antibacterial helium dressings based on durian peel. 


According to the Reuters news agency, during the processing process, the peel of the fruit is cut, and then, after special drying and mixing with glycerin, it releases cellulose powder. The result is a soft hydrogel that can be easily cut into strips for dressings. 

“In Singapore, we eat about 12 million durians a year, but unlike the pulp, there is little we can do with skins and seeds, which leads to environmental pollution,” said Professor William Cheng, Director of the Food Science and Technology Program at NTU. The peel, which makes up more than half of the whole durian, is usually thrown away or burned, which negatively affects the environment. 

The professor added that products such as soybeans and used grains can also be turned into a hydrogel. < br>
The agency notes that, compared to conventional dressings, hydrogel dressings can speed up wound healing. In addition, according to the researchers, the production of a new development is more profitable, since the usual dressings contain expensive metal compounds. 

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