Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract The literature on the chemistry and application of pectins is reviewed. The principal themes are the search for nontraditional sources of pectins with novel structural elements and the deeper understanding of the structure and physicochemical properties of well studied pectins from traditional sources (apple, beet, citrus). Custom preparation of pectins with a desired set of properties that have practical application in medicine, biology and the food industry has been demonstrated. Chemical modification of pectins is a promising trend.
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