pDENIM: towards a sustainable denim grown entirely from bacteria

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dsc_0600 A sheet of bacterial nano cellulose observed under the microscope, 200x magnification

dsc_0597 A sheet of bacterial nano cellulose observed under the microscope, 200x magnification

The over arching aim of the pDENIM project (porkayoticDENIM) is to make a sustainable form of denim that is made and grown (both textile and dye), entirely from bacteria.

gxplate An agar plate with a culture of the hyper cellulose producing bacterium GXCELL

The textile for pDENIM will be made using GXCELL a specialised hyper-nanocellulose producing bacterial strain isolated from a kombucha scoby. When this bacterium is grown in a liquid  mixture of vegetable extracts,  it forms mat of cellulose that are far thicker than many other strains of cellulose producing bacteria (see figures below)

compare A comparison of cellulose production by GXCELL (left) and a normal cellulose producing bacterium (right). After 5 days incubation

gxdisc A disc of bacterial cellulose produced by GXCELL

When the bacterial cellulose is…

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