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Coating removes unwanted organisms: trees

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Leaf surface / Raoul Pop / LicenseCC-by-nc - Attribution Non-commercial

The leaves of some trees protect from epiphytic freeloaders via sheddable waxy coating.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Some trees do so [get rid of plants residing on the surface of their leaves] by regularly shedding the waxy coat to their leaves." (Attenborough 1995:168)
About the inspiring organism
Plantae
Plantae

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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: Washable or sheddable coatings for surfaces that are prone to mold, such as bathroom and basement walls, pipes, etc.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Coatings for buildings, pipes

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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