A plant-based Xylem filter to purify water
Research has shown that naturally occurring xylem, the tissue responsible for sap transport in plants can remove bacteria and pathogens from water. In comparison to other filtration-based products available in the market, xylem-based devices do not involve membrane manufacture and hence have immense potential for cost reduction. This opens up the possibility of fabricating low-cost, biodegradable devices for resource-limited settings where the disease burden of diarrhea is high. The talk will focus on where the xylem technology stands as of now and what is required to commercialize it in the future. As usual, lunch will be served!