Packaging material developed from spiky husks of durian fruit

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In China, researchers from the Nanyang Technological University have developed a biodegradable packaging material from the spiky husks of the smelly durian fruit.

Professor William Chen, NTU’s director of food science and technology, says the work involved shredding the husks into a cellulose powder, which is then used to make sheets of biodegradable material.

The resulting material degrades in a month when placed in soil and can be colored to make the packaging more attractive.