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CSIR investigates use of natural fibre composites in construction

The building and construction sector is a significant consumer of raw and natural materials, while also contributing to the emission of global warming gases. In line with strategies proposed in Agenda 21 - a United Nations programme in support of sustainable development - the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is investigating the application of natural fibre composites (NFCs) in construction, with the aim of producing construction materials that are less harmful, recyclable and made mainly from renewable materials.

Nigeria's fate in biotechnology

It is estimated that 15 years from now, 50 per cent of the global economy will be bioeconomy-based, according to the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Turner Isoun, as recently stated in an address to the 8th international conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), held in Port Harcourt. Hence, by 2020, any nation which does not align itself economically with biotechnology, may miss out on the rewards of yet another revolution.

Can the biotech industry take off in SA?

Greg Gilbert Biotechnology may still be considered as a fledgling industry in South Africa, and has yet to make any discernable impact on the local economy. This is attributable to a number of reasons, among them the current nature of the relationship between universities and entities in the sector. For the biotech industry to flourish, sound collaborative projects that incorporate elements of both the public and the private sectors are essential, and these must be actively pursued.

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