publication . Article . Other literature type . 1997

Purity of the sacred lotus, or escape from contamination in biological surfaces

Christoph Neinhuis;
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  • Published: 30 Apr 1997 Journal: Planta, volume 202, pages 1-8 (issn: 0032-0935, eissn: 1432-2048, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
The microrelief of plant surfaces, mainly caused by epicuticular wax crystalloids, serves different purposes and often causes effective water repellency. Furthermore, the adhesion of contaminating particles is reduced. Based on experimental data carried out on microscopically smooth (Fagus sylvatica L., Gnetum gnemon L., Heliconia densiflora Verlot, Magnolia grandiflora L.) and rough water-repellent plants (Brassica oleracea L., Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott., Mutisia decurrens Cav., Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.), it is shown here for the first time that the interdependence between surface roughness, reduced particle adhesion and water repellency is the keystone i...
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free text keywords: Plant Science, Genetics, Lotus effect, Epicuticular wax, Plant cuticle, Wax, visual_art.visual_art_medium, visual_art, Mutisia, biology.organism_classification, biology, Superhydrophobe, Botany, Nelumbo, Colocasia esculenta
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