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Could Wood Feed the World?

11By Charles Q. Choi
Science – The main ingredient of wood, cellulose, is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth and a dream source of renewable fuel. Now, bioengineers suggest that it could feed the hungry as well. In a new study, researchers have found a way to turn cellulose into starch, the most common carbohydrate in the human diet. Continue reading

Recycled wood: the truly green key to a sustainable built environment

By Leon Kaye
The Guardian – Home building has long been one of the most important industries in the US, with economists viewing statistics concerning new homes as a barometer for the country’s economic performance.

Americans’ affinity for newer and bigger homes, however, comes with a huge environmental cost. The recent foreclosure crisis is just a reminder of all the resources waste on millions of homes that have been abandoned and, yet again, remodelled. One precious resource used for these buildings that often goes unnoticed and is then lost forever is wood…. >>continue<<

Source and Photo: The Guardian, July 24th, 2012
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Semi-Dwarf’ Trees May Enable a Green Revolution for Some Forest Crops

Science Daily – The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for wood, biomass production, drought stress and even greenhouse gas mitigation.

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Source and Photo: Science Daily, September 27th, 2012
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Why wood pulp is world’s new wonder material

By Will Ferguson

New Scientist – Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), which is produced by processing wood pulp, is being hailed as the latest wonder material. Japan-based Pioneer Electronics is applying it to the next generation of flexible electronic displays. IBM is using it to create components for computers. Even the US army is getting in on the act, using it to make lightweight body armour and ballistic glass… >> Read More <<

Source and Photo: New Scientist, August 24th, 2012.
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