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Plasticity in Major Ampullate Silk Production in Relation to Spider Phylogeny and Ecology

By Cecilia Boutry, Milan Řezáč and Todd Alan Blackledge

Abstract

Spider major ampullate silk is a high-performance biomaterial that has received much attention. However, most studies ignore plasticity in silk properties. A better understanding of silk plasticity could clarify the relative importance of chemical composition versus processing of silk dope for silk properties. It could also provide insight into how control of silk properties relates to spider ecology and silk uses

Topics: Research Article
Publisher: Public Library of Science
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