FEATHER MEAL PREPARATION FROM CHICKEN FEATHERS AND ITS APPLICATIONS.A. KATE, P.S. NIKAM, N.M. PAWAR, N.A. AHIRE, M.P. JAGTAP, V.R. WADJIKAR1, P.M. GIRI AND P.B. KHADKE
Feather meal was prepared in powdered form from chicken feather waste, by defatting process. For the overall growth of the wheat crop feather meal used as a bio-fertilizer. In the presence of feather meal, the height of test leaves (39 cm), number of wheat plant leaves (T) (213) was found to be increased as compared to standard (36.5 cm), (123) respectively, dry weight of plant (T) roots was also improved by 0.8 g. In vivo and in vitro, KS (Keratin azure)-hydrogel and FM (feather meal) hydrogel was prepared and effectively involved in wound healing, tissue aggregation (regeneration). Chemical composition of hydrogel was analyzed by FTIR. Hence, in the present work, environmental non-biodegradable pollutant, i.e. Chicken feathers were positively transformed into eco-friendly valuable product as a bio-fertilizer and therapeutic agent for the wound healing.