Engineered wettability in tree capillaries
The water-conducting network of capillaries in plants has evolved to cope with the frequent occurrence of cavitation, which leads to air-filled capillaries that are unable to function in water transport. However, the material from which the capillaries are constructed is not perfectly wetted by water, contrary to what is often assumed and to what one might expect in an optimal design. I demonstrate that nature is able to overcome this deficiency by engineering the roughness of the capillary...[Show more]
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