Fieldwork has begun to bring the mucilage in the Sea of ​​Marmara to the economy

According to the statement made by the municipality, under the coordination of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Department, Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization, Bursa Chamber of Environmental Engineers, Turkey Healthy Cities Association, Metropolitan Municipality Parks and Gardens Department, BTU, Bursa Uludağ University (BUÜ), Bursa Water and Sewerage. A commission was formed with the participation of the representatives of the BUSKİ.

The commission, aiming to identify the factors affecting the formation of mucilage, to develop solution proposals and to prepare the “Bursa Marine Pollution Prevention Action Plan”, started its work.

In addition, it is aimed to convert mucilage collected from the sea into fertilizers or different products and bring them into the economy. In this context, the implementer of the project, BTU Bioengineering Department Head Prof. Dr. Mete Yılmaz opened to Marmara from Mudanya district and collected samples for the studies that have been going on in the laboratory for a while.

– “Such substances have the properties of increasing productivity in agriculture and soil”

Yılmaz, whose views were included in the statement, stated that they examined the changes in water quality by comparing the samples taken after the mucilage started to appear and the samples after the Metropolitan Municipality had cleaned them.

Stating that they will pass the collected mucilage through various purification stages in the laboratory and remove the salt and other substances, Yılmaz shared the following information:

“We only take the polysaccharide substance formed by these microorganisms. We have done this on a laboratory scale. Now we are doing toxicological tests for this. After passing various safety tests, we want to use it primarily in agriculture. Because we know that such substances have the properties to increase productivity in agriculture and soil. They have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral properties. We want to examine whether we can use them as biopesticides, that is, as a product against existing pests in agriculture.”

Yıldız Odaman Cindoruk, Head of the Environmental Protection and Control Department of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, who accompanied the sampling studies, emphasized that the Metropolitan Municipality has made very important investments, from advanced biological treatment plants to sea and beach cleaning, in order to prevent pollution in the Sea of ​​Marmara.

Cindoruk stated that they immediately took action regarding the mucilage problem, which has come to the fore especially recently, and said, “In this context, we have actually taken the first concrete step with the technical university here. Our aim here is to prevent the formation of mucilage, but how can we evaluate it after it is formed, can we recover it?” We work together.” used his statements.


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