Insect-Based Material Alternatives
Cheryl Hayashi Keynotes - The Cheryl Hayashi keynotes explore the knowledge that can be attained from spiders. Hayashi...
Cheryl Hayashi then provides a fascinating overview of how spiders produce silk and how essential this is to their existence. According to Cheryl Hyashi, spiders can produce seven different kinds of silk that emerge from spinnerets. While spiders depend on silk for web construction, defense against other insects and predators and to protect unhatched eggs, Cheryl Hayashi explains that scientists are beginning to consider the ways it can be used to produce common materials such as carbon fibers and wool. Cheryl Hayashi believes that because of spider silk's exceedingly durable and flexible properties, it can potentially be used as an alternative to some of today's most commonly used materials.