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Silk from Crickets: A New Twist on Spinning

Walker, Andrew A.; Weisman, Sarah; Church, Jeffrey S.; Merritt, David J.; Mudie, Stephen T.; Sutherland, Tara D.

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Raspy crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllacrididae) are unique among the orthopterans in producing silk, which is used to build shelters. This work studied the material composition and the fabrication of cricket silk for the first time. We examined silk-webs produced in captivity, which comprised cylindrical fibers and flat films. Spectra obtained from micro-Raman experiments indicated that the silk is composed of protein, primarily in a beta-sheet conformation, and that fibers and films are almost...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012-02-15
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/16686
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030408

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