Chemistry, Physical Properties, and Synthesis of Araneidae Orb Webs



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.


Silk Fibroin Water Soluble Compound Silk Gland Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate Spider Silk 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Zoology, College of Liberal ArtsUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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