February 13 2013

12:00 LSB 2320

Douglas S. Fudge
Deptartment of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Hagfish Slime Unravelled


Hagfishes are an ancient group of animals that are best known for their ability to produce vast amounts of defensive slime when they are stressed or provoked. In this talk, I will attempt to answer several questions about hagfish slime, including simple questions about where it is made and its composition, to more difficult questions such as how it is made, and how it "deploys" when it is released from the slime glands and interacts with seawater. I will end with a brief discussion of our current biomimetic efforts to use the protein threads that reinforce the slime as a new source of inspiration for making high performance materials similar to spider dragline silks.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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