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9:19 AM | December 05, 2012
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‘Tis the season to be jolly: A time when geese are getting fat and red-nosed reindeers are given their first big break. At Christmas, your halls may be decked with holly but it’s ivy that grows over everything else. But have you ever wondered how ivy is able to climb up walls? English ivy (species name Hedera Helix) makes its own glue-like substance out of natural nanoparticles. The roots of each plant produce millions of tiny, sticky spheres - each 100,000 times smaller than a holly […]

Burris, J., Lenaghan, S., Zhang, M. & Stewart, C. (2012). Nanoparticle biofabrication using English ivy (Hedera helix), Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 10 (1) 41. DOI:

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