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Various plants and fungi have evolved ingenious devices to disperse their spores. One such mechanism is the cavitation-triggered catapult of fern sporangia. The spherical sporangia enclosing the spores are equipped with a row of 12 to 13 specialized cells, the annulus. When dehydrating, these cells induce a dramatic change of curvature in the sporangium,(More)
This paper reports the destruction of potentially viable fertilised helminth eggs by means of ozone treatment at different conditions. After the first hour and half of ozonation at 9.2 and 18.4 mg O3/min rates with pHi = 5, 94% of the eggs evidenced complete disintegration. Best results were obtained after two hours, when 100% of the eggs were destroyed. It(More)
Leptosporangiate ferns have evolved an ingenious cavitation catapult to disperse their spores. The mechanism relies almost entirely on the annulus, a row of 12-25 cells, which successively: (i) stores energy by evaporation of the cells' content, (ii) triggers the catapult by internal cavitation, and (iii) controls the time scales of energy release to ensure(More)
In a surfactant assisted biodegradation process, the choice of surfactant(s) is of crucial importance. The question is: does the type of surfactant (i.e. chemical family) affect the biodegradation process at fixed hidrophillic-lypofillic balance (HLB) values? Microcosm assessments were developed using contaminated soil, with around of 5000 mg/kg of(More)
Thin fluid films can have surprising behavior depending on the boundary conditions enforced, the energy input and the specific Reynolds number of the fluid motion. Here we study the equations of motion for a thin fluid film with a free boundary and its other interface in contact with a solid wall. Although shear dissipation increases for thinner layers and(More)
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