Scientists were able to grow wood without a tree in the laboratory

Scientists were able to grow wood without a tree in the laboratory

Scientists were able to grow wood without wood in the lab

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< p>American scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have invented a way to grow wood in the laboratory. This is reported by MIT News.

To do this, the researchers first isolate cells from the leaves of young Zinnia elegans (Zinnia elegans) plants. The cells are cultured in a liquid medium for two days, then transferred to a gel-based medium that contains nutrients and two different hormones. Adjusting hormone levels at this stage of the process allows researchers to tune the physical and mechanical properties of the plant cells that grow in this nutrient-rich broth.

The cell culture solution is then extruded into a specific shape using a 3D printer and left in the dark to incubate for three months. At the end, the material is dehydrated and sent for research.

     the idea is that you can grow plant material in exactly the form you need, without the need for any mechanical processing that consumes energy and produces waste”, — scientists say.

Scientists hope that with the help of their technology in the future it will be possible to stop cutting down trees for the sake of making wooden products, which is important for preserving the environment.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga