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Floats keep fronds buoyant: bull kelp

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Two large floats of Nereocystis luetkeana / Jomegat / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

The fronds of giant kelp are kept at or near the sea surface via gas-filled floats.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Gas-filled floats keep [kelp] fronds at or near the sea surface." (Koehl 1977:1067)
About the inspiring organism
Med_171074187_a41335001e_o Bull kelp
Nereocystis luetkeana (Mertens) Postels & Ruprecht
Common names: Seatron, bull kelp

Habitat(s): Marine Coastal/Supratidal
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Some organism data provided by: AlgaeBase
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

IUCN Red List Status: Unknown

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Utilize water surfaces for placement of man-made solar collectors.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Solar collectors



References
Koehl, M. A. R. ; Wainwright, S. A. 1977. Mechanical adaptations of a giant kelp. Limnol. Oceanogr. 22: 1067-1071.
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