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Wood: An Organic Compound / Ivona Sandru / LicensePD - Public Domain

The cell walls of wood in trees self-assemble through structural features, not biochemistry.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
A better understanding of how the cell wall of wood forms will someday help wood scientists assemble wood-like composites without using trees. The current hypothesis is that the cell wall of wood does not require biochemistry to form, but self-assembles spontaneously because of structural features. Researchers are studying this process carefully, in hopes that someday wood-like materials can be produced from other plant-derived molecules. (Courtesy of the Biomimicry Guild)
About the inspiring organism
Plantae
Plantae

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Creating construction materials with the properties of wood.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction



Experts
Department of Wood Science and Forest Products
Wolfgang Glasser (emeritus)
College of Natural Sciences, Virginia Tech
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