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Plastic packaging alternative derived from crab shells and trees

A new material made from substances common in crab shells and tree fibers could replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.

Venus flytrap 'counts' prey's steps to begin digesting it as food

German scientists have recently found out that Venus flytraps do something that's pretty remarkable — the plants actually "count" the number of times a struggling insect taps trigger hairs inside the plant's maw.

Insect chitin could have antimicrobial properties

A new study suggests chitin, a biopolymer extracted from insects and crustaceans, could be effective against pathogenic microorganisms.

Could crustacean shells treat IBS?

Miami - Microparticles in crab, shrimp and lobster shells have anti-inflammatory mechanisms that that could lead to the development of novel preventive strategies for those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), according to new research.
 

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J. Carson Meredith  a professor in Georgia Tech s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  h...
J. Carson Meredith, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, holds the new packaging material made from crab shell-sourced chitin and cellulose sourced from tree fibers.
Allison Carter, Georgia Tech
A close-up of the wing of a leafhopper; the wing is composed of chitin.
A close-up of the wing of a leafhopper; the wing is composed of chitin.
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