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Explore the science and engineering of supertall timber from cells to skyscrapers at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Did you know it takes just 4 hours to grow a 300 metre tall timber tower in the sustainable forests of Europe?

To find out many other interesting ideas, and know why these are important, come and visit us at our stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition from 1st to 7th July 2019 (10am to 6pm, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG)

Come speak to architects, plant scientists, biochemists, chemists, materials scientists, physicists, mathematicians, and structural engineers who are all working together to develop new natural materials capable of providing sustainable alternatives.

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Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2019

27 June 2019

Come visit us at our 'Timber Towers of Tomorrow' exhibit at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019, London from the 1st to 7th July 2019 (10am to 6pm)

New insight into the structure of building blocks of plant biomass.

6 November 2018

In a paper recently published in Plant Physiology we investigate the structure and function of one of an important component of plant biomass – galactoglucomannan (GGM). The GGM is a polysaccharide, a polymer made from multiple sugar molecules joined together. It is one of the principal components of softwood, wood from...

FLOWER approved by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme

15 June 2018

FLOWER aims to develop innovative flax fibre reinforcements for sustainable composites applications in the marine, automotive and point-of-sale advertising sectors

Professor Paul Dupree named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher

7 December 2017

We are thrilled by the news that Professor Paul Dupree, our project Co-I has been named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher,with the Dupree group’s research among the top 1% most cited works in the field of plant and animal biology. Professor Dupree commented that: “ I’m very proud to be named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher...

A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

21 September 2017

Our recently published paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels