There is virtually no plant that is entirely useless; it just needs someone to think laterally instead of merely accepting the received wisdom.
There are definitely ways to create value out of previously disregarded alien biomass, but actualising this will require both ingenuity and broad-based research, particularly to investigate uses of plants that are “alien” to South Africa in their native environments. We’ll test ideas and prototype technology at the Innovation Lab that is part of the Sustainability Hub.
There are opportunities to create animal fodder, natural nitrogen fertilisers, composite boards and other materials, food, fuel products and any number of useful biodegradable matrices.
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