Transport system prevents spread of embolisms: conifers
The tracheids in conifers prevent the spread of an embolism using fail-safe valves in their pit membranes.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Applications for preventing clots or blockages in tubes, nanotubules, pipes, and medical applications.|
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"If there is a failure of the water column in a tracheid, the thickened portion of the pit membrane moves across under the differential pressure, blocking the pit aperture, and helping prevent the spread of an embolism." (Cutler 2005:100)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Applications for preventing clots or blockages in tubes, nanotubules, pipes, and medical applications.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Printing, nanotechnology, utilities, medical
David F. Cutler