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Mucilage is a thick gluey substance, often produced by plants. Mucilage is another term for so called exopolysaccharides. These are sugar substances that cover the outside of, for example, unicellular or filamentous green algae and cyanobacteria. Amongst the green algae especially the group Volvocales are known to produce exopolysaccharides at least in a certain part of their life cycle. Divisions Land plants (embryophytes) Non-vascular plants (bryophytes) Hepatophyta - liverworts Anthocerophyta - hornworts Bryophyta - mosses Vascular plants (tracheophytes) Lycopodiophyta - clubmosses Equisetophyta - horsetails Pteridophyta - true ferns Psilotophyta - whisk ferns Ophioglossophyta - adderstongues Seed plants (spermatophytes) †Pteridospermatophyta - seed ferns Pinophyta - conifers Cycadophyta - cycads Ginkgophyta - ginkgo Gnetophyta - gnetae Magnoliophyta - flowering plants Adiantum pedatum (a fern... Polysaccharides (sometimes called glycans) are relatively complex carbohydrates. ... A microorganism or microbe is an organism that is so small that it is microscopic (invisible to the naked eye). ... A filament is a fine, thinly spun thread, fiber, or wire. ... Divisions Chlorophyta Charophyta Streptophytina (Subdivision) The green algae are the large group of algae from which the embryophytes (higher plants) emerged. ... Orders The taxonomy of the Cyanobacteria is currently under revision. ... Families Goniaceae Spondylomoraceae Tetrabaenaceae Volvocaceae The Volvocales are an order of flagellate or pseudociliate green algae which form planar or spherical colonies. ... A life cycle includes the major sexual stages of a species, especially in regard to its ploidy. ...


Exopolysaccharides are the most stabilising factor for microaggregates and are widely distributed in soils. Therefore exopolysaccharide-producing "soil algae" play a vital role in the ecology of the world's soils. For the heavy metal band see Soil (band) Soil is unconsolidated rock particle that lies on the surface of the earth, supporting the growth of plants, and serving as a habitat for animal life from microorganisms to small animals. ...


Mucilage is edible, but tastes rather bland. It is used in medicine for its demulcent properties. Medicine on the Web NLM (National Library of Medicine, contains resources for patients and healthcare professionals) Virtual Hospital (digital health sciences library by the University of Iowa) Online Medical Dictionary Collection of links to free medical resources Categories: Medicine | Health ... Demulcent herbs often have a high content of mucilage, making them ideal to soothe and protect irritated or inflammed internal tissues of the body. ...


Mucilage is also a term for an adhesive composed of a solution of a sticky vegetable product -- sometimes the above, but more typically a vegetable gum -- in water, used primarily to seal paper (e.g. postage stamps and envelope flaps)). An adhesive is a compound that adheres or bonds two items together. ... A number of different things are called gum: gums the soft tissue partly covering teeth Chewing gum Bubblegum Guar gum Gum arabic Postage stamp gum Gum Springs, Arkansas, a town Trees: Gum tree (Eucalyptus; Australia and cultivated in other warm areas) Black gum (Tupelo, Nyssa; eastern North America) Sweet-gum... Piece of paper Paper is a thin, flat material produced by the compression of fibres. ... This 1974 stamp from Japan depicts a Class 8620 steam locomotive. ... An envelope is a packaging product, usually made of flat, planar material such as paper or cardboard, designed to contain a flat object such as a letter. ...


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Mucilage, Supplement Monograph - Flora Health Supplement Encyclopedia (1862 words)
The mucilage found in many medicinal herbs is made up of complex polysaccharides, otherwise known as mucopolysaccharides, that have many therapeutic properties.
Mucilage has a soothing and cleansing effect on the respiratory and digestive tracts and is known to prevent the drying out of mucous membranes of the body.
Mucilage is made up of complex polysaccharides otherwise known as muco-polysaccharides, more recently referred to as glycosaminoglycans.
Mucilage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (159 words)
Mucilage is a thick gluey substance, often produced by plants.
Mucilage is another term for so called exopolysaccharides.
Mucilage is also a term for an adhesive composed of a solution of a sticky vegetable product -- sometimes the above, but more typically a vegetable gum -- in water, used primarily to seal paper (e.g.
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