Funky fruit glitters for decades

Funky fruit glitters for decades – The shimmering multicoloured berries of the African shrub Pollia condensata are the first plant material to show structural colour – derived from their cellular configuration rather than pigments. They are also the brightest biological material ever discovered, more reflective than other structurally-coloured tissues like beetle exoskeletons, bird feathers or butterfly wings.[cite]10.1073/pnas.1210105109[/cite]

Funky fruit glitters for decades – The shimmering multicoloured berries of the African shrub Pollia condensata are the first plant material to show structural colour – derived from their cellular configuration rather than pigments. They are also the brightest biological material ever discovered, more reflective than other structurally-coloured tissues like beetle exoskeletons, bird feathers or butterfly wings.[cite]10.1073/pnas.1210105109[/cite]

Author: Robert Slinn

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