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Supplementing the fog-catching nets with resilient tree species to establish a drinking water spring

Supplementing the fog-catching nets with resilient tree species to establish a drinking water spring

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By Darko Savic on Oct 05, 2020

Darko Savic 2 months ago
Found this cool work on fog collection on plant surfaces and biomimetic applications - https://d-nb.info/1136955208/34
Shubhankar Kulkarni 2 months ago
I like the idea! It is helpful for areas that have seen deforestation in the recent past. However, for areas that have been desert-like, arid for decades, de novo forestation should not be implemented. Firstly, there is more to an ecosystem than trees. Other organisms are dependent on the ecosystem and they won't survive in the new ecosystem. Secondly, reforestation does not work since the soil composition is different and may not support the trees that have been planted. Thirdly, reforested areas may attract wildfires. All of these have been observed [1]. Therefore, selecting a tree species for reforestation will not suffice. It needs to be checked whether that tree will grow in the area and also, what damage will it cause. Reference: 1. https://inhabitat.com/see-the-forest-for-more-than-the-trees-why-reforestation-isnt-working/
Darko Savic 2 months ago
Do you know of any tree species that are are very resilient while at the same time optimally shaped to condense fog into water droplets?
Darko Savic 2 months ago
There is the "water fountain" tree also known as "dripping" tree on La Gomera, Canary Islands. The species is Ocotea foetens, commonly called til, tilo, stinkwood, or rain tree. This seems like a pretty good candidate.