Biopolymers absorb organic compounds in soil: plants
The cuticle of plants are good sorbents for organic compounds due to rigid (crystalline) polymethylene moieties of the biopolymers cutin and cutan.
|Get, store, or distribute resources >|
|Capture, absorb, or filter >|
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
> Visit strategy page
"This study demonstrates the important role of the aliphatic biopolymers cutin and cutan as natural sorbents in soil. Although they were subjected to decomposition, they still exhibited a high sorption capacity. With humification and degradation, however, cutan is most likely to act as a highly efficient aliphatic-rich sorbent in soil. The cutan biopolymer is more likely to accumulate in soils via selective preservation, whereas the decomposed products of the cutin are probably transformed into humic-like substances during humification processes." (Shechter et al. 2011:1145)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Mimicking the chemical structure of cutins and cutans can be used for enhancement or remediation of agricultural, garden, and greenhouse soils, absorption and adsorption needed for oil spills or chemical spills, cleaning tools - mops and rags with better sorption qualities, and diapers.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Agriculture, Remediation, Cleaning
Hebrew University of Jerusalem