Use less water for plants with material from seafood waste

At a time when restricting water use is important and maintaining plants at home difficult, a material developed from seafood waste has been found to keep plants moist with just 30% of the normal requirement.

A team of researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has used chitin, a glucose-based natural polymer extracted from shells of crustaceans, to make a material that absorbs water like a diaper. 'Neerdhan', when used in soil, acts as an agent slowly releasing water and will, hence, reduce the number of days plants need watering saving almost 70% of the requirement, researchers say...................Read more


Source: The Times of India

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