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Simple Pine Branches Can Filter Out 99% of Bacteria Producing Clean Water

 
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I don't know if this is the correct place to post this, but I just found this today and I'm blown away. What are your thoughts?

"From MIT News: February 26, 2014
contact: Abby Abazorius, MIT News Office
email: abbya@mit.edu phone: 617.253.2709

Need a water filter? Peel a tree branch
MIT group shows xylem tissue in sapwood can filter bacteria from contaminated water.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick. The improvised filter should trap any bacteria, producing fresh, uncontaminated water.

In fact, an MIT team has discovered that this low-tech filtration system can produce up to four liters of drinking water a day — enough to quench the thirst of a typical person.

In a paper published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers demonstrate that a small piece of sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water. They say the size of the pores in sapwood — which contains xylem tissue evolved to transport sap up the length of a tree — also allows water through while blocking most types of bacteria.

Co-author Rohit Karnik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says sapwood is a promising, low-cost, and efficient material for water filtration, particularly for rural communities where more advanced filtration systems are not readily accessible.

“Today’s filtration membranes have nanoscale pores that are not something you can manufacture in a garage very easily,” Karnik says. “The idea here is that we don’t need to fabricate a membrane, because it’s easily available. You can just take a piece of wood and make a filter out of it.”

The paper’s co-authors include Michael Boutilier and Jongho Lee from MIT, Valerie Chambers from Fletcher-Maynard Academy in Cambridge, Mass., and Varsha Venkatesh from Jericho High School in Jericho, N.Y."

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HERE is the link to the actual paper written on the subject.
 
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Co-author Rohit Karnik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says sapwood is a promising, low-cost, and efficient material for water filtration, particularly for rural communities where more advanced filtration systems are not readily accessible.

Gravel, sand, and activated charcoal, are all you need to make a water filtration system. I wonder what problem they are trying to solve here. It does seem like a useful wilderness survival technique though. Better than those purifying tablets. Of course, when camping, I typically filter my drinking water through fermented barley and hops.
 
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