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Fungal Powder to Boost Immunity

  • 29 May 2020
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The Bodoland University (BU) of Assam has developed a fungal powder to help people boost their immunity to Covid-19 disease.

Key Points

  • The fungal powder is from a parasitic but rare “super mushroom” called Cordyceps militaris.
  • The super mushroom was powdered through lyophilisation (freeze-drying) at –80°C. The outcome was a potent pinch of C. militaris.
    • Lyophilisation, also known as freeze-drying, is a dehydration method applying low temperatures and reduced ambient pressure.
  • Cordyceps is a genus of parasitic fungi that grows on the larvae of insects. There are more than 400 species of it present. C. militaris is one of them.
    • Often referred to as a super mushroom, it is known for its anti-ageing, anti-viral, energy and immunity-boosting effect.
  • Apart from the fungal powder, the team at BU has also developed a membrane mask that costs less than Rs. 4 per unit, herbal and alcohol-based sanitisers, laser and LED-assisted unmanned sanitisation tunnel, a low-cost physical-cum-chemical sanitisation box and a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit with an aquarium aerator.

Source: TH

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