Scientists have found a way to turn agricultural waste into washing powder

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Scientists have found a way to turn agricultural waste into washing powder

An international group of researchers has developed a technology for the production of the main component of washing powders and detergents from agricultural waste.

Lipase is the second-largest commercial enzyme and is used in various industries to create a variety of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and detergents. Thousands of tons of lipase are used annually as additives in laundry detergents because it helps dissolve oil stains without damaging fabrics and does not harm the environment..

The only problem is the difficulty in producing the enzyme due to the high cost of raw materials. However, a team of researchers has developed an inexpensive, natural version of lipase derived from mustard cake left over from seed oil extraction..

The cake contains a fairly large amount of protein and few nutrients, so scientists used it as a substrate for the growth of microorganisms that produce the desired enzyme..

Studies have shown that the lipase obtained in this way is stable and resistant to almost all chemical detergents, as well as common laundry detergents. Therefore, it can be included in their composition.

Recall that earlier scientists have also proposed an effective way converting grain waste from breweries into fuel.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of Portsmouth

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