Cuticle Biomaterials

Shrimp

The arthropod cuticle has been in existence for well over 500 million years. The cuticle is mostly composed of two types of polymers, proteins and chitin. Chitin is a polysaccharide that provides structural support for the cuticle. Chitin is the second most abundant natural polymer on planet earth, after cellulose (produced by plants).

Chitin is also a waste product from the seafood industry. The muscular tissues of shrimp and other shellfish are consumed by humans but the cuticle is…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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