A plant with a thousand uses
The Opuntia cladodes are used as food for animals in many desert areas. The mucilage contained in the cladodes has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties and some research suggests that it can provide drinking water in areas contaminated by arsenic. Moreover, the cladodes have a fibrous structure in the form of a lattice which gives it the necessary rigidity to fulfil their supporting function. These fibres are mostly made of cellulose, a material with various industrial applications.
The BioArt Gallery presents the most promising feedstock and its related bioeconomy applications in everyday life with 60 stunning pictures. It offers an innovative approach of showcasing to the public some examples of bio-based products and applications currently available in the market through several examples: cosmetics, nutraceutics, tissues, toys and sport, disposable tableware, cleaning products, gadgets, and much more.
The BioArt Gallery has been displayed to the public in severall incredible venues throughout Europe, and now BIOVOICES makes it available to you through an interactive digital platform!