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January 29th, 2009

Suits made of processed chicken feathers?

Abstract:
Will the well-groomed businessman one day be wearing a chicken feather suit?

A group of CSIRO scientists is busy piecing together a nanotechnology puzzle that may one day turn waste chicken feathers into wearable fibre.

CSIRO research scientist Andrew Poole said globally, about five million tonnes of chicken feathers are rendered into stock feed or landfill each year.

Feathers are rich in keratin, a tough, chemical-resistant protein that is also the key component of wool. Wool and feathers, however, have a different biochemical makeup.

Scientists at CSIRO's Material and Science Engineering laboratory at Belmont, Vic, don't want to spin wool out of feathers, but they do believe that the keratin can be "regenerated" into an environmentally sustainable, biodegradeable fibre.

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farmonline.com.au

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