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Exudate gums: occurrence, production, and applications
- Verbeken, D., Dierckx, S., Dewettinck, K.
- Applied microbiology and biotechnology 2003 v.63 no.1 pp. 10-21
- plant exudates, gum tragacanth, world markets, production technology, gum arabic, chemical structure, industrial applications
- This paper presents a review of the industrially most relevant exudate gums: gum arabic, gum karaya, and gum tragacanth. Exudate gums are obtained as the natural exudates of different tree species and exhibit unique properties in a wide variety of applications. This review covers the chemical structure, occurrence and production of the different gums. It also deals with the size and relative importance of the various players on the world market. Furthermore, it gives an overview of the main application fields of the different gums, both food and non-food.