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Droplet Impacting a Cantilever: A Leaf-Raindrop System
Physical Review Applied
Previous studies have shown that air pollution and wind erosion, which damage a leaf's epicuticular wax layer, can change leaf surface properties from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. However, the dynamic response of a damaged leaf to a raindrop impact has not been investigated and could clarify the direct influence of changes in wettability on early leaf abscission. In this study, we investigate how leaves with different surface properties respond to falling raindrops, viewing this as a uniquedoi:10.1103/physrevapplied.3.044019 fatcat:oyvtz4lzofhvtb4irzzl3hmzei