02 May '11, 2am

Durian peel can help clear oil spills: Academic (via ST iPhone App)

KUALA LUMPUR - AN OIL spill at sea? No problem, just bring along some durians. The 'King of Fruits', says an expert, is an efficient oil absorbent that can aid in the recovery of spilled oil at coastal areas. Dr S. Kathiresan of AIMST University has found that durian peel, which is considered as an agricultural waste, can be used to remove oil from water. The lecturer in the university's Biotechnology Department said laboratory results indicated that chemically-modified durian peel powder was also an efficient absorbent for recovery of spilled oil in water. 'The bio-absorbent can be used for cleaning oil spills along coastal areas that cause adverse effects not only to all living sea organisms, but also human economic activities,' he added. 'Agro-waste has a huge commercial potential due to its efficiency in oil absorption, cost effectiveness and biodegradability,' he said...

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