Updated February 26, 2019 04:04:00 A fruit cup made of fruit leaves has been developed by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for the study of the medicinal properties of the plant.
Key points: The researchers used the fruit as a substrate to develop a fruit-based micro-organism that can grow on its own and be used as a source of nutrients.
It was first developed for research on plant-derived peptides, or PEPs, which can be used to treat disease and infections Researchers have used the technique to develop the fruit-derived PEP micro-organisms to treat a range of disorders including cancer, hepatitis and diabetes.
The fruit cup was first tested on mice by Professor Anthony Crampton, who is leading the research.
The micro-plants were grown in a dish, fed a nutrient solution, and then exposed to a range, of chemicals.
“Our goal was to find out if it could work on a range to different diseases, because we knew that we didn’t have a full understanding of what they were doing, and the way that they were going to do that, because of the limitations of the system we had,” Professor Anthony said.
“What we wanted to know was how long would it take them to grow, how much would they grow, and what would they do to grow in the environment.”
The fruit-covered micro-plant system, which was developed in collaboration with the University, was tested in a range for diseases and toxins including tuberculosis, malaria and HIV.
They were then grown in an environment where they were exposed to several different chemicals, including the human liver.
They had to grow within two days, but the fruit cup grew over the next week.
The researchers said they were able to develop these micro-gene-based organisms by applying specific genetic material.
They are now looking to see if it can be adapted to other types of micro-viruses.
“There are many different types of viruses that infect us and we have these viruses that are associated with certain diseases and other things that we have to deal with in our everyday life,” Professor Cramton said.
“We are looking to develop methods to get to those viruses, and to make a treatment that can protect the cells and so we can get rid of them, and also kill those virus that are causing these diseases and so that we can keep them in check.”
Professor Anthony also hopes that the micro-nutrient could be adapted for other applications, such as the treatment of malaria, where there is no treatment available to treat the parasites.
The study is published in Nature Communications.
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