Edited by Smith, Andrew M.; Callow, James A.
Many plants, animals, and microbes use adhesive polymers and structures to attach to
inert substrates, to each other, or to other organisms. This is the first major review that brings
together research on many of the well-known biological adhesives. Emphasizing the diversity of
biological adhesives and associated adhesion processes, it deals with bacteria, fungi, algae, and marine
and terrestrial animals. It bridges a variety of disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology, biomechanics,
bioengineering, microbiology, organism structure and function, and ultrastructure. As we learn more about the molecular
and mechanical properties of these adhesives, we begin to understand why they adhere so well and how they
develop cohesive strength. With this understanding comes the prospect of developing synthetic or semi-synthetic
adhesives with broad applications in areas such as medicine, dentistry, and biotechnology.
Hardcover XVII, 284 p., 61 illus., 3 in colour ISBN 9783540310488
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