Published Online: 25 APR 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.
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BeMiller, J. N. 2001. Plant Gums. eLS.
- Published Online: 25 APR 2001
The term gum is commonly applied to water-soluble, nonstarch polysaccharides of commerce; such gums are present in both higher and lower plants. Plant gums and other gums are used in practical applications primarily to thicken or gel aqueous systems and to control water. They may also function as adhesives, crystallization inhibitors, emulsifying agents, emulsion stabilizers, encapsulating agents, film formers, foam stabilizers, suspending agents, suspension stabilizers, or syneresis inhibitors and/or impart other specific properties.