The objective is to discover a root system from which a strong and durable material can be developed. Diana Scherer is also researching the possibility of growing articles of clothing underground, in collaboration with Gerard van der Weerden of Radboud University.
Using subterranean templates as moulds, the root systems of plants are channelled, forming a textile-like material. During the growth process the roots conform to the patterns and the root material weaves or braids itself. For her research, Diana Scherer is collaborating with biologists and ecologists of the Radboud University in Nijmegen.