Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
I think, therefore I am thinking.

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



Please log in.
Before you can vote, you need to register. Please log in or create an account.

thread from algae

grow an algae that can be treated then rotated to be thread; people could use the rapidly renewing thread to weave garments as well as tents
  (+9, -2)
(+9, -2)
  [vote for,

this is a response to the typhoon that made a few million homeless

I think that there is a filamentous algae that can be rotated n made to a thread that people could use to weave garments as well as tents

this may already be a plant of nature or could be a genetic engineering algal bacteria project, kind of like the way nylon thread is formed from two surface reaction

algae have a variey of carbohydrate polymers; among plants humans use to weave these carbohydrate polymers are what are strong enough to be thread

sucrose is polymerizable with a bacterial enzyme I have read about

I think that a protocol like:

grow filamentous algae

grow bacteria that make sucrose polymerization enzyme

blend fluids

warm (which is like mercerize)

could strengthen the natural algae as the polysaccharides polymerized

wikipedia tech object: The exopolysaccharide alginate is a linear copolymer of ß-1,4-linked D-mannuronic acid and L-guluronic acid residues

Utility: algae doubles each 24 h; thus an automated fabric maker makes mass fabric rapidly if researchers did a good job algae could be better than fabrics now

beanangel, Jun 04 2008

making nylon from two fluids http://www.kolias.com/science/nylon.htm
thought similarity to a bacteria that make a polymerization chemical right near an algae that makes a polysaccharide thread [beanangel, Jun 04 2008]


       If it's possible, it's a great idea. Weave a bun from this and hope it works. _+_
xandram, Jun 04 2008

       It's doable, but alginates are converted to a gel by water. However, i have wondered if anything could be done with the cellulose in their cell walls.
nineteenthly, Jun 04 2008

       yay thoughtful ideas
beanangel, Jun 06 2008

       I can finally understand string theory.   

       This is not such a stupid idea! When I was a kid, I remember hoiking filamentous algae (blanket weed) out of the pond and letting it dry into a felt-like fabric. It was totally useless as a material, but it's not a far stretch to imagine a strain which could be treated like cotton.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 06 2008

       I too used to pull filamentous algae out of water as a kid. In running water, they would already be aligned, and there would be no need to card the materia.   

       However, I suspect that in most cases, the odor issue may be a serious concern.
ye_river_xiv, Jun 06 2008

       Yeah- our pond have algae like that, stringy. Reminds me of sheared wool, and the whole pond grows over in a week- way more production than that many sheep standing together, forget the grassland or feed.
Bcrosby, Aug 22 2008


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle