Turkish scientist turns fly larvae into anti-aging substance

The black soldier fly is by now in use in varied spots from agriculture to pet food. A Turkish professor hopes it will also help address the raw material shortage in the cosmetics field.

Emel Erdal Çalıkoğlu, a dermatology pro from Dokuz Eylül University in the western Turkish province of Izmir, has tapped into the insect’s larvae for creating a base for anti-getting older solutions. The larvae, rich in protein and oil, is extremely antibacterial and “cleaning,” she mentioned, incorporating that it also has a “moisturizing” attribute. Çalıkoğlu notes that it can also be used to heal wounds.

The professor established up a firm at a technological innovation park of her college, together with her husband Dr. Tamer Çalıkoğlu, with the help of the Scientific and Technological Investigate Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK). There, the few feeds flies with fruits and veggies and extract oil from their larvae. The fly’s squander materials also offers good quality fertilizer and animal feed, she claims.

Çalıkoğlu claimed the cosmetics business has been experiencing a raw components dilemma for a long time, as present elements ended up polluting the ecosystem and leaving powering a high carbon footprint. “We set out to uncover a raw product that would not harm the ecosystem and would be sustainable,” she instructed Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday.

The modest “farm” she established up for black soldier flies offers them the suitable weather ailment for mating. “After accumulating larvae, we feed them. It is essential to adhere to a appropriate food plan for them. We feed them only with organic squander and this will help us extract excellent feed and oil from the larvae,” she discussed.

She noted that the oil from black soldier flies is made up of lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid derived from coconuts and palm oil whose extraction harmed the ecosystem. “The oil extracted from flies is pretty cherished, with lauric acid information equivalent to acid from other sources. Lauric acid is commonly readily available in breast milk much too. Black soldier fly oil also is made up of palmitic acid and linoleic acid,” she reported.

As demo products and solutions, the corporation made soaps, lotions and cream from the oil and Çalıkoğlu claimed they experienced been successful so considerably. “Black soldier fly oil equal is bought for up to 500 euros ($529.27) for each liter in the planet, while the fly’s oil can be bought for 75 euros per liter,” she claimed, noting the low price tag of production. “It has two gains for our country. To start with, we never have to rely on imports and next, its manufacturing allows the environment, as it helps disposal of natural and organic waste. We now have large curiosity from companies in France, Azerbaijan and other nations around the world,” she extra.

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