Water Filtration Using Plant Xylem

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BLUF: Use wood to filter 99% of bacteria from water. See figure 2 in the link for the nitty gritty.
Abstract: Effective point-of-use devices for providing safe drinking water are urgently needed to reduce the global burden of waterborne disease. Here we show that plant xylem from the sapwood of coniferous trees – a readily available, inexpensive, biodegradable, and disposable material – can remove bacteria from water by simple pressure-driven filtration. Approximately 3 cm3 of sapwood can filter water at the rate of several liters per day, sufficient to meet the clean drinking water needs of one person. The results demonstrate the potential of plant xylem to address the need for pathogen-free drinking water in developing countries and resource-limited settings.
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0089934
 
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