Industrial Gums

Polysaccharides and Their Derivatives

Edited by

  • James BeMiller, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
  • Roy Whistler, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

This standard reference covers the sources, manufacture, specifications, chemistry, physical properties, and current and potential uses of gums. It provides an outline of gums and their uses as well as an understanding of why gums behave in different ways, giving the reader an ability to select the best gum for a particular purpose. Chapters have been constructed to provide balanced information and chapter authors have been selected because of outstanding competence in their specialized areas. Industrial Gums is a useful reference for students and industrial researchers and engineers in chemical, industrial, and applied engineering, biochemistry, food technology, materials chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biopolymers.
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Chemical engineers and students of industrial and applied engineering, biochemistry, food technology, materials chemistry, and biopolymers.


Book information

  • Published: December 1992
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-746253-0


"A useful text for practicing scientists in academia or industry, qualified non-experts who require an introduction to the subject and those students who wish to gain a detailed coverage of the chemistry and industrial applications of starch."

Table of Contents

R.L. Whistler, Introduction to Industrial Gums. I.M. Dea, Conformational Origins of Polysaccharide Solution and Gel Properties. G.A. Towle and R.L. Whistler, Chemical Modification of Gums. I.W. Sutherland, Biosynthesis of Extracellular Polysaccharides (Exopolysaccharides). H.H. Selby and R.L. Whistler, Agar. K. Clare, Algin. G.H. Therkelsen, Carrageenan. H. Maier, M. Anderson, C. Karl, K. Magnuson, and R.L. Whistler, Guar, Locust Bean, Tara, and Fenugreek Gums. J.N. BeMiller, R.L. Whistler, D.G. Barkalow, and C.C. Chen, Aloe, Chia, Flaxseed, Okra, Psyllium Seed, Quince Seed, and Tamarind Gums. C. Rolin, Pectin. R.L. Whistler, Hemicelluloses. R.L. Whistler, Exudate Gums. K.S. Kang and D.J. Pettitt, Xanthan, Gellan, Welan, and Rhamsan. A.N. DeBelder, Dextran. T. Harada, S. Sata, and A. Harada, Curdlan. Y. Tsujisaka and M. Mitsuhashi, Pullulan. G. Brigand, Scleroglucan. J.A. Grover, Methylcelluloses. A.J. Desmaris and R.F. Wint, Hydroxyalkyl and Ethyl Ethers of Cellulose. R.L. Fedderson and S.N. Thorp, Carboxymethylcelluloses. J.N. BeMiller, Starch-Based Gums. R.L. Whistler, Chitin. J.K. Baird, Analysis of Gums in Foods. Chapter References. Index.