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Production of antibacterial fibers from fungal cell wall

This project aims at introduction of new fibers from fungal chitin and chitosan for possible use in medical applications.

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Fungal chitin and chitosan are alternatives to those prepared from shellfish wastes. Chitosan-chitin fibers (obtained from shellfish resources) have already shown a good potential for medical applications e.g., as sutures and wound healing materials.

A new method will be developed for production of fibers from fungal chitin-chitosan. The goal is to replace the toxic chemicals usually used in spinning of chitin fibers with a safe solvent. This project is a stepping stone towards development of new biomaterials from fungal chitin-chitosan especially for biomedical applications.