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Event to review potential for ‘functional materials’ in horticulture


With increasing focus on plastics, the Knowledge Transfer Network and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) have announced a new event looking at the use of functional materials as alternatives to short lived plastics used in construction and horticulture.

The event on 26 November aims to identify new functionalised materials that could be used as alternatives to plastics currently in use. New materials may be produced from sustainable sources, be designed for recycling, have increased re-use options or reduce the amount of material used.

The selection of a new material for use in a specific application is key, and this event will focus on two end sectors which currently have large volumes of waste plastics – Construction and Horticulture. Bringing Stakeholders from both sectors together with Innovators from Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology, the workshop aims to identify and propose potential alternatives for materials currently in use.

Possible applications for discussion at the event may include: shrink wrap, ties, pollination bags, greenhouses, amongst others. For more information visit