Natural cleaning products
could be developed using technology inspired by dolphins in the years to come.
Scientists at the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research drew their inspiration from dolphins, whose skin is known to resist fouling.
They have used nanotechnology based on the skin to create new surface coverings with antibacterial but chemical-free properties.
New cleaning products could arise from the development thanks to the surfaces' resistance to adhesion by pathogens like E coli.
Dr Low Hong Yee, director for research and innovation at IMRE, which developed the technology, says: "With millions of years of experience behind her, nature has produced some of the most rugged, adaptable life forms."
In turn, the scientist adds that this offers lessons in engineering to present-day humans.
A total of seven consortia and 14 research institutes are overseen by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in locations including Fusionopolis and Biopolis.