Researching the uses of sea snail in agriculture

Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and Bursa Technical University (BTU) are working to bring mucilage (sea saliva) into the economy, which has recently spread over large areas on the shores of the Marmara Sea.

According to the statement made by the municipality, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality held a meeting with BTU officials to turn this situation into an advantage while continuing to clean the mucilage from the sea surface.

BTU Rector Prof. Dr. Arif Karademir stated at the meeting that the municipalities are ready to serve in every subject that falls under their field of activity to be beneficial to the society.

Karademir stated that the mucilage that has been talked about recently is a natural disaster and that it is necessary to intervene in the current situation as well as to eliminate its causes, and said:

“Musilage is used around the world as a raw material in agriculture, animal feed and the production of some chemicals. Prof. Dr. Mete Yılmaz within BTU has also started important studies on this subject. We want to bring the mucilage obtained in the cleaning work carried out by the Metropolitan Municipality to the economy. Mucilage is an important problem on the one hand. “As BTU, we are always ready to support the areas where the Metropolitan Municipality works and to make green Bursa more livable.”

“First of all, we wanted to evaluate it in the field of agriculture”

Head of BTU Bioengineering Department Prof. Dr. Mete Yılmaz also stated that the mucilage structure formed by microorganisms is a substance that has been studied in the laboratory for many years and how to use it.

Yılmaz stated that the microorganisms in question have antiviral and antibacterial properties and continued as follows:

“They improve the properties of the soil. It increases the productivity in agriculture. On the other hand, the substance that we have been trying to produce in the laboratory for years naturally reproduces in tons in the Marmara. This may be an environmental disaster. It harms the aquatic creatures. But if we collect it somehow and decompose the valuable substance in it, it can be used for biotechnology, agriculture. and other areas. We collected our samples when they first came to the shores of Mudanya. In the laboratory, students began their characterization. They separated the valuable polysaccharide substance secreted by the cells in it from other substances. It was investigated what structures they were made of and in which areas they could be used. “Can it increase agricultural production? Can we use them as fertilizers? Can we use them as preventive agents against agricultural damage? We have started research.”

Stating that they have already included students in the project in order to participate in TEKNOFEST competitions, Yılmaz said that they will present the product obtained from sea saliva next year.

Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Ulaş Akhan stated that they are in close cooperation with BTU in research and development projects within the framework of scientific and technical needs.

Expressing that the sea slobber in the Marmara Sea affects the whole region, Akhan said, “There are many environmental studies carried out between the Metropolitan Municipality and BTU. Many projects have been prepared. We will have good announcements in the coming days. We thank BTU Rector Prof. Dr. Arif Karademir for his contributions and I would like to thank our teachers. Hopefully, we will show a will to solve the problems caused by natural events like this and this one.” used the phrases.