Scientists have developed a new biomaterial that can be used to disinfect wounds and hastens the process of healing.
About Pullulan Polymer:
The biomaterial is derived from the polymer pullulan which is secreted by the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans.
It is an exopolysaccharide, that is, this polymer is secreted by the fungus itself into the medium on which it is growing.
Pullulan as a biomaterial is already successful and widely used commercially. It is exploited in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry because of its non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-immunogenic properties.
Pullulan is basically a polymeric chain of glucose.
Scientists processed the polymer to get a powder which is water-soluble.
This solution can be applied on the wound surface and then covered with a sterile gauze.