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Saliva used as glue: swifts

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Swift nests / Bibliographi.. / LicensePD - Public Domain

The nests of swifts are put together and attached to surfaces with saliva.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"All members of the Apodinae except the needletails (Hirundapus spp.) use saliva in nest building" (Fowler and Miller 2003:239)
About the inspiring organism
Med_meyers_b14_s0208a Apodidae
Apodidae

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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: Bonding cellulose for plywood, particleboard, etc.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Building

References
Fowler, ME; Miller, RE. 2003. Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.
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