Clothes that are alive

Researchers have developed a new material that can be worn. This material is made of root-like threads from fungi and with its self-healing properties, it can be used as a substitute for leather.

The fashion industry is always evolving. However, we all remember how we felt when our favorite clothes were torn or ruined. But have you ever thought about how nice it would be if you never had to change or mend your clothes?

Thanks to a recent breakthrough by researchers at the University of Newcastle and the University of Northumbria in the United Kingdom, this dream may not be so far off.

The team found that the root-like threads produced by many fungi have the potential to be used as a biodegradable, wearable material; They also have the ability to repair and regenerate themselves.

In their experiments, the researchers focused on the fungus Ganoderma lucidum. They produced skin from its branched filaments called hyphae, which together form a structure called mycelium.

Currently, mycelium-based materials are used in various fields, from construction to textiles. But the process used in the production of these substances causes the destruction of fungal spores (which help the organism to regenerate itself).

The researchers used a new approach that involves combining mycelium, chlamydospores, carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients in a liquid to grow a skin; And finally, this skin can be removed and dried.


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