Today’s Spotlight, composed by Christine Daniloff/MIT, features a photograph by Jennifer Chu/MIT and a background image of a vascular bundle courtesy of the researchers.
MIT scientists, along with architects and wood processors from England and Canada, are looking for ways to turn bamboo into a construction material more akin to wood composites, like plywood. The idea is that a stalk, or culm, can be sliced into smaller pieces, which can then be bonded together to form sturdy blocks — much like conventional wood composites. A structural product of this sort could be used to construct more resilient buildings — particularly in places like China, India, and Brazil, where bamboo is abundant.
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