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Would you eat a salad grown from human hair?

Scientists say hair is a greener substrate for urban veggie farming

Photo by Adrian Fernández on Unsplash

Walking out of the salon after a haircut? Those snipped strands lying on the hairdresser’s floor could one day be used to help a head of lettuce flourish. Scientists from Singapore have developed a way of extracting keratin from human hair as a nutrient-rich substrate to grow plants in hydroponics set-ups.



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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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