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Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5214783, 15 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5214783
Research Article

Nanosilver Biocidal Properties and Their Application in Disinfection of Hatchers in Poultry Processing Plants

1Cracow University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Kraków, Poland
2University of Life Sciences, Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

Received 3 September 2015; Accepted 28 December 2015

Academic Editor: Claudio Pettinari

Copyright © 2016 Marcin Banach et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to use aqueous suspensions of silver nanoparticles with a wide spectrum of particle sizes, variable morphology, high stability, and appropriate physicochemical properties to examine their bactericidal and fungicidal properties against microorganisms present in poultry processing plants. At the same time, the particles were tested for preventing the production of odorogenous pollutants during incubation and thereby reducing the emission of harmful gases from such types of facilities. The results show that the use of nanosilver preparations in order to disinfect eggs and hatchers reduced microbiological contamination. The bactericidal and fungicidal efficacy of the applied preparation was comparable to UV radiation and its effectiveness increasing during the incubation. Good results were achieved in terms of the level of organic gaseous contaminants, which decreased by 86% after the application of the nanosilver preparation.