Byagul Sylabova, a student of the Turkmen State University (TSU), proposed a new way to improve the antibacterial properties of soap and other hygiene items by using apricot leaves. Her scientific study carried out at the Faculty of Chemistry, TSU, has published at the website of the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan named after Mukhtumkuli.
The research results of the young scientist will contribute to the improvement of the domestic chemical industry and increase the share of using local raw materials in the production. This will make the final product cheaper for consumers and increase its export potential.
Byagul has separated out and comprehensively studied the key antibacterial ingredients in apricot leaves. She then obtained a dry extract of the plant and used it to make a soap.
As part of the study, the student has demonstrated that the mixture received can easily kill the five most common pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Microccus luteus, Enterococcus faecalis and Proteus. Thus, the new product not only achieved, but also surpassed the level of antibacterial properties of the world’s largest soap companies.
The key feature of the domestic product is that it is eco-friendly. The organic substance has no toxic properties; it does not harm the environment and does not spoil the skin.
Practical experiments were held by Byagul at the laboratories of the Faculty of Chemistry, TSU, and at the Center of Technologies of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan. The research done ensured her the victory in the competition among young Turkmen scientists, which is annually held by the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan jointly with the Youth Organization named after Makhtumkuli.