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Fern plants at Muir Woods / Sanjay ach / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

The sperm of ferns detect unfertilized archegonia via a malate signal.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"In higher plants, we find positive chemotaxis in fern sperms, which respond to a malate signal from unfertilized archegonia." (Bar-Cohen 2006:474)
About the inspiring organism
Med_safern Pteridophyta
Pteridophyta

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Develop systems that mimic the malate signal so as to attract sperm of target weeds away from the unfertilized archegonia, thereby reducing the need for pesticide applications.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Agriculture

References
Yoseph Bar-Cohen. 2006. Biomimetics: biologically inspired technologies. Boca Raton, FL: CRC/Taylor & Francis. 527 p.
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