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Brief Published: 30 Mar 2011

Silkworms Produce Fluorescent Silk


A group of researchers at Singapore’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering has discovered a method of creating fluorescent silks by feeding silk worms foods impregnated with luminescent dyes.

The resulting silk spun by the worms is structurally unchanged but incorporates the pigments within the silk filaments, allowing for permanent colour to be ingrained within the fibres – a finding that opens doors for unexplored properties of organic materials.