Playing hide and seek with jellyfish mucus

11. 4. 2018

Jellyfish  produce mucus and it has been shown that mucus has the so-called sticky properties, which enable the adsorption of macro- and nanoplastic particles. One of the main objectives of GoJelly is to produce biofilters that would enable the collection of microplastics from wastewater treatment plants. In order to do so, we must first determine the optimal conditions for mucus extraction, storage and determine its stability. Moreover, we do not know which jellyfish species produce most quantities of mucus. Hence, in Slovene waters we have harvested individuals from the moon jelly (Aurelia aurita s.l.) and barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo) to test their appropriateness for mucus extraction and availability. Who will be the lucky winner? Which species will be used for biofilter production? Stay tuned.