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Applications of Chitin in Medical, Environmental, and Agricultural Industries

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Centre for Climate Change Research, Toronto, ON M3C 1R9, Canada
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A.R. Environmental Solutions, ICUBE-University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6, Canada
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Department of Physiology and Human Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8, Canada
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(11), 1173; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9111173
Received: 7 September 2021 / Revised: 18 October 2021 / Accepted: 19 October 2021 / Published: 25 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontiers in Marine Chitin)
Chitin is a universal biopolymer that is found in microbes, plants, fungi, the exoskeleton of insects, various species of algae, and bottom-feeding crustaceans. This (1–4)-linked N-acetyl-ß-D-glucosamine polysaccharide can be readily processed with simple chemical procedures without putting a species at risk. Chitin has garnered interest as an alternative substance that can be used in the medical, environmental, and agricultural sectors. Indeed, chitin’s unique nature of biocompatibility, being environmentally safe, and having innate water-solubility allows the polymer to be used in a wide range of applications. In this review, we discuss the possible applications of chitin in the medical, environmental, and agricultural sectors through an extensive search of the latest literature. Moreover, the following review summarizes and explores the new and current studies surrounding the practical uses of chitin to solve issues that are commonly induced by various chemicals which are invasive to the surrounding environment and species co-existing in that area. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine chitin; biopolymer; chitosan; agriculture; environment; polysaccharide marine chitin; biopolymer; chitosan; agriculture; environment; polysaccharide
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Dave, U.; Somanader, E.; Baharlouei, P.; Pham, L.; Rahman, M.A. Applications of Chitin in Medical, Environmental, and Agricultural Industries. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9, 1173. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9111173

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Dave U, Somanader E, Baharlouei P, Pham L, Rahman MA. Applications of Chitin in Medical, Environmental, and Agricultural Industries. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2021; 9(11):1173. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9111173

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Dave, Uday, Esther Somanader, Parnian Baharlouei, Linh Pham, and M. A. Rahman. 2021. "Applications of Chitin in Medical, Environmental, and Agricultural Industries" Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 9, no. 11: 1173. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9111173

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