Ewa Kozłowska, PhD student at the University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw, won a bronze medal and a special prize of the University of King Abdulaziz from Saudi Arabia during the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva.
The laureate uses entomopathogenic filamentous fungi to biotransformation of steroid hormones to attack insects. The spore falls on the insect, germinating through the chitin armor, begins to grow and gradually kills the insect – says Kozłowska.
The same fungi carry out complicated, cascade transformations of hormones: DHEA -prehormone, which is transformed in the human body into male and female sex hormones and has a big impact on the vitality, physical and mental condition of man and progesterone and estrone.
As a result of biotransformation, the PhD student obtained the compounds that can be used in the treatment of autoimmune, cancer, allergic disease or organ transplantation.