A natural alternative to the new generation of fungicides
Copper has the following properties:
- biostatic, which means that bacteria and many other forms of life do not grow on it. Copper alloys have become important antimicrobial materials in aquaculture
- naturally destroys many different microorganisms (eg E. coli O157: H7, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus, Clostridium difficile, influenza A virus, adenovirus and fungi). The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the registration of copper alloys as “antimicrobials with benefits for public health”
- Researchers are actively demonstrating the effectiveness of copper alloys as “touch surfaces” that allow elimination of a wide range of microorganisms threatening public health.
Colloidal copper has:
- strong anti-fungal and slightly weaker antibacterial properties
- eliminates a wide spectrum of undesirable microorganisms
- active on the surface even after drying (disinfectants usually only work until they dry out)
- Unlike other antibacterial chemicals, copper particles block the metabolic processes of microorganisms.
- Has bacteriostatic and sanitizing properties
- in very small quantities, has the power to control a wide range of mold, fungi, algae and harmful microorganisms
- utilizes Candida utilis (formerly Torulopsis utilis) completely at copper concentrations of 0.04 g / l
- stops the growth of Achromobacter fischeri and Photobacterium
- reduces the division of Parudecium caudatum cells
Disinfectants usually work only on contact with the bacteria, but after drying are ineffective, while copper nanoparticles deposited on the surface are effective after drying for several weeks constituting an effective antimicrobial barrier. Copper is an essential trace element for plants and animals, but not for all microorganisms. The human body contains copper in an amount of about 1.4 to 2.1 mg per kg body weight.
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