How does one make invasive species desirable ?
«Invasive species» is a generic term for plants, typically exotic, which colonize and harm the native biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they settle. As they abound in wastelands, city edges, human cultures, wilderness areas or national parks, they impact the territory's transformation and are subject to regular removal.
Because they are a big concern in the Camargue, invasive species are now under study at Atelier Luma.
The first step consisted in drawing a map of all the invasive species present in our territory, whether they are of foreign origin (Japanese knotweed, pampas grass...) or a region's icon, like reed.
The research team is now trying to bring to light the properties of these uprooted plants so as to make innovative and ecological objects.
Today, the focus is on the development of a textile and composite materials. However, Atelier Luma's explorations could lead to the discovery of other uses for these plants which may be transformed into fibers, waxes, resins or dyes. The untapped richness of our wild flora is immense.
Laboratoire Génie de Production
Parc naturel régional de Camargue