Researchers 3D PRINT artificial corals which could save natural reefs, cut greenhouse gases

The teams from Cambridge University and the University of California San Diego scanned living corals with a type of light-based ultrasound called ‘optical coherence tomography’ so they could optimize their designs based on nature’s best and brightest reefs. 

Corals and algae have a symbiotic relationship, in which the former provides a host while the latter provides sugars through photosynthesis, creating one of the most diverse and beneficial ecosystems on Earth.

The team took their nature-inspired blueprints and used a rapid 3D bioprinting technique –  originally used to make artificial liver cells – to produce dense populations of microscopic algae that grew at 100 times the normal rate.

Also on
3D printer that could cover burns with ARTIFICIAL SKIN undergoing trials (VIDEO)

“We developed an artificial coral tissue and skeleton with a combination of polymer gels and hydrogels doped with cellulose nanomaterials to mimic the optical properties of living corals,” said Dr Silvia Vignolini, who led the research.

The artificial coral structures, made of biocompatible materials, were extremely efficient at redistributing light – providing hopes of creating artificial coral reefs to help sustain a vital natural structure and resource.  

The team’s research will allow conservationists and marine biologists to better understand the breakdown of natural coral reefs, and hopefully help turn the tide of natural reef loss.  

The researchers are now hoping to scale their product up while mass-manufacturing bioproducts such as algae-based biofuels in developing countries, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gases which cause coral reef death.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Source Article from

Related Posts
Race you, NASA!: China confirms July launch of first Mars rover, which rivals Perseverance mission

The two scientific missions to the Red Planet both involve deploying a rover on its Read more

It’s Mike Tyson v George W. Bush! Which ‘comeback’ best reveals how a decadent US is in the grip of nostalgia-induced amnesia?

In recent weeks, 53-year-old former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson has released a series of Read more

The Oslo process was a trap from which the Palestinians never escaped: ex-UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine

Source A more promising Palestinian strategy, additional to continuing acts and displays of resistance, is Read more

Hits: 13

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

The maximum upload file size: 100 MB.
You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, other.
Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded.


Powered by WordPress | Designed by: Premium WordPress Themes | Thanks to Themes Gallery, Bromoney and Wordpress Themes