Growing a wood product without cutting down trees

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Each year, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest because of deforestation. 

In an effort to provide an environmentally friendly and low-waste alternative, researchers at MIT have pioneered a tunable technique to generate wood-like plant material in a lab, which could enable someone to “grow” a wooden product like a table without needing to cut down trees.

The idea is to grow plant materials in exactly the shape that you need, so you don’t need to do any subtractive manufacturing after the fact, which reduces the amount of energy and waste. 

https://news.mit.edu › lab-timber-wo...Toward customizable timber, grown in a lab | MIT News



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