Innovators are full of questions.Nature has answers.
EXPLORE BY FUNCTION

  

  • Strategy

Membranes desalinate water: mangrove

Loading...

Mangrove Arch / Nick Leonard / LicenseCC-by-nc-sa - Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike

Mangroves extract salt from water via transpiration and filtering through membranes.

FUNCTION
Summary
"Nature did not refrain from using energy produced in the power stations of plants for other important functions of life. One example is the desalination of seawater by evaporation energy. At the edge of shallow coastal waters of tropical seas we find the luscious green of mangrove swamps. Mangroves can live on the saline water of the ocean, which destroys other green terrestrial plants. In some species of mangroves the sap is almost salt-free, though the roots are washed by sea water. They extract the salt by using the transpiration energy in the narrow capillaries of their roots to suck up the sea water and then filtering it through thin membranes in which the salt is detained." (Tributsch 1984:184)
About the inspiring organism
Rhizophoraceae
Rhizophoraceae

Learn more at EOL.org
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Desalination.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Desalination

References
Tributsch, H. 1984. How life learned to live. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 218 p.
Learn More at Google Scholar Google Scholar  

Comments

Login to Post a Comment.
Sm_avatar
biomax
over 7 years ago
I have been very interested in exploring this topic for about a year now. I think there is great merit in pursuing this technique of desalination
1 to 1 of 1 Comments

Share

Error - AskNature

We're sorry, but an error has occurred.

Some functionality on AskNature, particularly related to Search and login, breaks somewhat frequently. Although our small team does its best to respond with repairs as quickly as possible, there are often gaps in service that result—and it's likely that you've found one of those gaps!

The Biomimicry Institute is currently rebuilding AskNature from the ground up to be more stable, secure, and user-friendly. If you get value out of AskNature,please consider donating to the Institute in order to see fewer of these error messages in the future.

If you were attempting to search AskNature, please consider using Google to search the site until we get our search engine back up and running:

  1. In a new Google search, enter the following: site:asknature.org [your query]. For example a search for "storing water" would be entered as site:asknature.org storing water.

Have additional questions or want to let us know about something else that went wrong? Please submit a support ticket.