Microscale Mechanism of Age Dependent Wetting Properties of Prickly Pear Cacti (Opuntia).

@article{Rykaczewski2016MicroscaleMO,
  title={Microscale Mechanism of Age Dependent Wetting Properties of Prickly Pear Cacti (Opuntia).},
  author={Konrad Rykaczewski and Jacob S. Jordan and R. Scott Linder and Erik T Woods and Xiaoda Sun and Nicholas Kemme and Kenneth C. Manning and Brian R. Cherry and Jeffery L. Yarger and Lucas C. Majure},
  journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids},
  year={2016},
  volume={32 36},
  pages={
          9335-41
        }
}
Cacti thrive in xeric environments through specialized water storage and collection tactics such as a shallow, widespread root system that maximizes rainwater absorption and spines adapted for fog droplet collection. However, in many cacti, the epidermis, not the spines, dominates the exterior surface area. Yet, little attention has been dedicated to studying interactions of the cactus epidermis with water drops. Surprisingly, the epidermis of plants in the genus Opuntia, also known as prickly… 

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