Uruguay Lectures Blog post

I have opened up a blog post to complement the Book “Silk: Exploring Nature’s Superfibre. It is called “The Uruguay Lectures” since the book was compiled from Lectures on silk delivered in Uruguay in 2018. The idea is to stimulate more conversations about silk research and biotechnology. Please leave comments.


Tasmania trip

Sean, Dakota Piorkowski, Hamish Craig, Jian Fang, Xungai Wang, Niall Doran conducted field work in Tasmania between October 15-October 19, collecting Hickmania troglodytes spiders and glow worm silks.


Sub-lethal insecticide doses affect spider silk properties

Fifty-five years on from Silent Spring the impacts on ecosystems and non-target beneficial organisms and human health from the widespread use of insecticides in agriculture is well documented. Insecticides directly reduce the populations of beneficial pollinating and pest killing invertebrates, such as bees and spiders, and indirectly affect soil and aquatic animal populations through runoff…