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Cayenne pepper colour - the new boat bottom colour?

September 25, 2018 - 14:05

The object of this paper is to explore if there is a more environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable alternative to the copper oxide based marine antifouling paints commonly used today. The study revolves around the question if mixing cayenne pepper, more specifically the molecule capsaicin, with biocide free antifouling paint will enhance the paint’s antifouling properties.

Virtue becomes a book!

June 30, 2016 - 13:10

We have written a chapter for the book “Exemplary Practices in Marine Science Education - A Resource for Practitioners and Researchers” (Springer).

The book will be published in spring 2018.

The purpose of the book is to inform, inspire, and provide an intellectual forum for practitioners and researchers in this particular context. Proposed subject areas include sections on marine science education in formal, informal and community settings.

Big difference in fouling depending on substrate

April 14, 2015 - 11:14

There is a big difference in fouling depending on the material used, according to a German study.

In Virtue CDs of polycarbonate is used, but you have  every possibility to use also other material. In a school project in Kiel, Germany, they have  tested various types of substrate in the form of garbage, to see what is growing on them. The results show that fouling (mainly barnacles and mussels) prefer glass over wood and alumninium.