MDF transformed by laser

The appearance of MDF is being transformed to produce an expensive wood grain finish with the help of laser technology in research being carried out at Warwick University’s WMG.

 The technology will make the sometimes dull material look more attractive.

As MDF is cheaper than wood and made from recycled products the Lasercoat project could reduce the price of wood products and improve the environment.

The technology is being used by one of the country’s leading manufacturers of doors and windows.

For more see University of Warwick.   

Saving Kenyan crops

The widespread destruction of two key food crops in Kenya caused by a leaf disease could be prevented as a result of research being carried out at Warwick University.

The joint study will look at breeding kale and cabbage that are resistant to the Black Rot disease.

The vegetables are two of the most important crops in the Kenyan economy, as well as other east African states, but entire harvests are often wiped out by the seed-borne disease.

 For more see the University of Warwick.

Insight on wasting disease

An insight in to the possible cause of degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease has been discovered by scientists at the University of Warwick.

Researchers have discovered that drying out a protein in the blood that transports iron around the body can leave the potentially dangerous iron exposed.

Patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s are known to have higher than normal levels of iron in the brain.

For more information see the University of Warwick.