Episode 5: WonderPlants
In this episode of Science In Your Shopping Cart we take a tour of some super human plants that we use in our everyday lives to help feed and protect us.
Part 1: U.S. National Arboretum
Check out some amazing wonderplants at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Part 2: One Time Use Containers
ARS scientists are turning plant fibers in to single-use containers to one day replace non-biodegradable plastic containers.
Part 3: Taking the Guayule Plant for a Test Drive
Learn about the amazing guayule plant and how this desert loving plant is used in making tires, including a 100% guayule tire!
Part 4: Super Cotton
ARS scientists are turning nano fibers from cotton plants into mask filters, wound dressings, and other medical applications.
Part 5: DYK Insect Repellents
Did you know that some wonderplants can be used to control and even kill annoying flies and mosquitoes?
Part 6: From Shells to Cells
ARS scientists are coming up with new ways to produce clean energy by developing a large filter-type application out of discarded almond shells that could capture and then store hydrogen, as well as other components for energy purposes.
Part 7: Soybeans
Learn about this amazing wonderplant and some of the ways we use this plant in our everyday lives.