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Chitin - the undisputed biomolecule of great potential.

Tharanathan, R. N. and Kittur, F. S. (2003) Chitin - the undisputed biomolecule of great potential. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 43 (1). 61-87 ; 119 ref..

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Abstract

Properties and applications of chitin and chitosan are reviewed. Aspects considered include: the wide abundance of chitin as a natural biopolymer; chemistry/molecular structure of chitin and chitosan; industrial manufacture of chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells; chitosan as a major component of fungal cell walls; molecular association of chitin and chitosan with proteins, carotenoids and glucans; physicochemical properties of chitin, chitosan and their derivatives; applications of chitin and chitosan in the agricultural and pharmaceutical fields; use of chitosan in water purification; food applications of chitin and chitosan (antimicrobial activity in foods, use in food packaging films, control of enzymic browning in fruits, clarification and deacidification of fruit juices, antioxidative activity); nutritional effects of chitin and chitosan; physiological properties of chitooligomers; and manufacture of chitooligomers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: POLYSACCHARIDES-; REVIEWS-; CHITIN-; CHITOSAN-; FOODS-
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 04 Chemistry and Allied Sciences > 28 Polysaccharide Chemistry
Divisions: Dept. of Biochemistry
Depositing User: Users 197 not found.
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 04:53
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 10:40
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/6350

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