Indian-origin researcher turns banana plant into packaging material
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Sydney, Dec. 7 -- An Indian-origin researcher-led team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on Friday announced it has discovered a novel way to turn banana plantation waste into packaging material that is not only biodegradable but also recyclable.
Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and Professor Martina Stenzel looked at ways to convert agricultural waste into something that could value-add to the industry it came from, while potentially solving problems for another.
"What makes the banana-growing business particularly wasteful compared to other fruit crops is the fact that the plant dies after each harvest," Arcot from UNSW School of Chemical Engineering, said in a statement.
"We were particularly interested in the pseudoste...
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