June 2017: Research Project Grant to Nick Aldred and Marcelo Rodrigues (UK)

In the past 20 years, significant advances have been made towards understanding adhesion in very few select organisms, e.g. marine mussels. To harness the potential of natural adhesion systems for synthetic glues and non-stick surfaces, more organisms must be investigated and in a more systematic fashion.
The aim here is to develop the anemone Aiptasia as a model for bioadhesion studies where its ancestral lineage and starkly different adhesion system (compared to e.g. mussels) will inform future fundamental studies of biological adhesion, develop new avenues for the design of synthetic adhesives and provide a valuable resource for the wider community. The data collected will also underpin evolutionary studies of adhesion and inform the development of non-fouling surfaces to which anemones cannot stick.