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Crystals in Antheraea assamensis silkworm cocoon: Their removal, recovery and roles

Kaur, Jasjeet; Rajkhowa, Rangam; Tsuzuki, Takuya; Wang, Xungai

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Brick shaped mineral deposits or crystals are found in the shell of semi-domestic silk cocoon of Antheraea assamensis (A. assamensis). Effective removal and recovery of these crystals are important to understand their roles in the cocoon's protective function towards pupae. In this study, chemical and physical (ultrasonication) demineralisation methods were investigated for A. assamensis. It was found that the physical demineralisation method could effectively separate crystals without changing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98820
Source: Materials and Design
DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.08.148

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