Fruit fibre made cars
CARS made from pineapples and bananas could soon be among the fruits of the green revolution. Scientists in Brazil have used fibres from the plants to create a new generation of superstrong automotive plastics. They believe the material may in future not only be used to build car bodies, but also engine parts. Manufacturers are already testing the plastics and could be using them in cars within two years. Dr Alcides Leao, from Sao Paulo State University, said reinforcing plastic with microscopic fibres from delicate fruits such as pineapples and bananas made them super-strong. ‘‘ The properties of these plastics are incredible,’’ he told the 241st meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim.