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+ - SPAM: Human hair to feed plants? 2

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "You all know that agricultural crop production relies on fertilizers, such as composted waste materials. But I bet you wouldn't have thought to add human hair to animal manure to produce better and greener fertilizers. Yet, a study done by Mississippi State University researchers has shown that human hair, 'combined with additional compost, is an additional nutrient source for crops.' Apparently, barbershops and hair salons are selling human hair for a couple of years now — a fact I didn't know. Anyway, even if human hair can be used to grow some plants, 'further research is necessary to determine whether human hair waste is a viable option as fertilizer for edible crops.' Read more for additional details and references."
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  • So I stumbled upon this submission. What caught my eye (beyond the unusual headline) was the fact that not only do I work at the same institution, but I work in the building right next door to one of the facilities where this research was conducted!

    Anyway, it seems like an odd research topic initially, but the results make sense considering that hair is simply a protein. It's just a protein that is very stable and does not readily degrade. I guess it goes to show how organisms can obtain nutrition from s

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