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Pectic Substances

  1. Malcolm A O'Neill,
  2. Alan G Darvill,
  3. Peter Albersheim

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000697



How to Cite

O'Neill, M. A., Darvill, A. G. and Albersheim, P. 2001. Pectic Substances. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Pectins are plant polysaccharides comprising mainly 1,4-linked α-d-galactosyluronic acid. They are found in the primary cell walls of all seed-bearing plants and in the junction between cells.


  • structure;
  • function;
  • biosynthesis;
  • properties;
  • plant cell wall