How to make a rhizome tree for a $2 million project
A new wood product is being made with a simple chemical reaction: rubbing a glue-like material onto wood.
The rhizomes, which have been used in traditional Chinese medicine, were found to be a source of collagen, a protein that forms the connective tissue that gives bones their structure.
The rhizomatosis rhizoms are now being tested as a treatment for osteoarthritis.
Dr Lisa Haggart, from the University of Queensland, said rhizomas were found in the same areas as bone grafts.
“They’re in a place where they’ve been exposed to a lot of stress, they’ve got high levels of inflammation, and they’ve had a lot more exposure to pathogens like fungi,” she said.
“So they’ve lost a lot, and there’s some sort of tissue that’s been damaged.”
The research is the first of its kind to test the effects of rhizomorphs on the environment.
“It is an environmental factor,” Dr Haggard said.
She said rhizoomorphs were also a key ingredient in making natural wood products like ginseng.
“A lot of ginsenosides have been shown to be very effective for arthritis and arthritis is one of the biggest killers in the world, so it’s a great opportunity for us to find ways to make products that are more natural.”
Dr Haggest said the researchers would test the product on an in vitro model, which would ensure it was as safe as possible.
“The important thing is to get it in there and really understand the process,” she added.
Dr Higgart said there was already a lot that could be done with rhizomorphic wood, including using the rhizomedias as a source for biofuels.
“You can make wood that’s all natural, and it’s not as processed as other woods, it’s actually quite high in protein,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“There are so many different uses, and we just need to think of them all as one big piece.”
Dr Andrew Higgest, from Victoria University, is looking into using rhizomanes to create biofuel, using the same process to make the wood that was used for the ginsenostat.
“If you look at biofuel production, the process is fairly simple,” he said.
He said the wood would be treated as a biogas, which could be converted into a fuel.
Dr Andrew said there were many other uses for rhizomenomes, including as biofuel.
“I’m a big fan of using rhizoomorphic wood as a biofuel source,” he added.
“But I think it’s important to look at all possible uses for wood as opposed to just one.”
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