Silk Leaf Synthetic man-made plants which can help journey to out-space a breath of fresh air. Created by a graduate student Julian Melchiorri the synthetic plant can mimic photosynthesis by converting carbon dioxide and water to oxygen.
In space and on planets we want to inhabit there is no breathable supply of oxygen and transporting it on rocket would not be feasible. The plant life in zero gravity is also not adaptable making this biotechnological breakthrough a feat to appreciate.
The silk leaf as it is called will absorb light, water, and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen in a similar way a plant does. It was brought to life when Julian was collaborating with Tufts University silk lab for his design engineering course at Royal College of arts.
“I extracted chloroplasts from plant cells and placed them inside this silk protein. As an outcome I have the first photosynthetic material that is living and breathing as a leaf does,” Melchiorri said.
This biotechnology will not only make way towards outer space but can also be implemented on earth to remove pollutants and make oxygen.