The book of the mimicry of the living

The 5 Great Biomimicry Applications Series – Plants 1: Brambles


I’m starting a new little semi-regular feature. Each morning, around now for you to muse over your coffee break or catch up on over lunch, I’ll post a paragraph about an organisim that has inspired someone to create something from it.


See if you can guess what product or development the organisim has inspired! Don’t worry if you’re not sure, new ideas are almost more interesting thn the right answer! Just post your answer in the comment section or tweet it at me (@biomimicron)

Then, either that evening or the next morning, I’ll post the answer, along with who got it right and maybe a few who got it wrong but in an intersting way! GET COMMENTING!


It often feels like the animals get all the attention. The ants, termites, and various burrowing rodents who build such elaborate, passive structures, the sharks with the ‘rough but smooth’ skin and all the skeletal soft kill designs. Therefore I’m starting my 5 Great Applications series where life (probably) started).

Inspiring organism 1 – Brambles

The humble bramble. Common, and largely unwelcome in unkempt gardens and unused brown field sites internationally. It’s everywhere, but what makes it so successful?

Propagation from root stock is one reason, like nettles and other plants. But the interesting biomimicry application uses the most prominent feature. No one wants to touch it, because it hurts. Animals don’t try and cross it unless highly armoured or in an emergency.

P.S. borrowed the pic from this very detailed blog about something confusing

Hit the next page for the answer!


Author: DaveParr

Data Science, Environmental Science, Making and Music

8 thoughts on “The 5 Great Biomimicry Applications Series – Plants 1: Brambles

  1. Chain-link fence – a series of woven metal bars that protect property &c. by the strength of the mesh formed. Malleable enough to absorb impact but strong enough to keep objects out.

  2. I have two notions for products that may have been inspired by this plant; barbed wire and/or velcro fastenings.

  3. The two other comments seem to cover it quite well. There’s little else I can think of so…


  4. A morning star!

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