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Cellulose digested for fuel: protozoans

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Protozoa / Eric Fortin / LicenseCC-by-nc-nd - Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives

Mixotricha protozoans digests cellulose for termite metabolism.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Termites harbor in their digestive system protozoa called mixotrichs that are critical to their ability to get energy by digesting cellulose." (Vogel 1998:29)
About the inspiring organism
Med_protozoa Protozoa
Protozoa

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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: Mimic digestion for cellulose fuel production. Incorporate time release, or trigger release digestion of cellulose in packaging for cardboard digestion, compost, etc. Digestive enzymes for structural weakening, and re-incorporation or use as fuel.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Energy, Packaging, Built Environment

References
Vogel, S. 1998. Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People. New York: WW Norton & Company.
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