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Ship Fouling Solution?

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The molecules are known as macrocyclic lactones, and barnacles don't like them. In field tests, trace amounts of the lactones were added to a regular anti-fouling coating, which was then applied to a boat's hull - a binding agent kept the molecules from dispersing into the water. Although the barnacle larvae then colonized the hull as per usual, when they matured into adults and tried to establish a more secure hold, they lost

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