Chemistry, Physical Properties, and Synthesis of Araneidae Orb Webs

  • Edward K. Tillinghast
  • Mark Townley

Abstract

It was the distinguished organic chemist, Emil Fischer (1907), who clearly demonstrated the protein nature of spider silk. Only much later (F.G. Fischer and Brander 1960) was it realized that the orb web contains low molecular weight, water soluble com­pounds as well.

Keywords

Entropy Carbohydrate Amide Rubber Glycine 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward K. Tillinghast
    • 1
  • Mark Townley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, College of Liberal ArtsUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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