OKRA (ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS L.) AS AN ADHESIVE
A RESEARCH PRESENTED FOR THE COMPLETION OF REQUIRMENTS
CHRISTINE ANDREA DE LARA
CHAPTER I : INTRODUCTION
A. Background of the Study
Plant mucilage is found in almost all classes of plants, usually in very small amount. Mucilage and gums are water soluble polysaccharides found in a widespread number of plants and also in some microorganisms. It has different purposes ranging from water storage and seed germination in plants to membrane thickener and food reserve to adhesive, in some cases.
Okra is one of the many plants which contain mucilage. It is widely distributed in tropical regions around the world. Its mucilaginous properties are used as thickening agent for food particularly in soups. On the other hand, some people use it for medicinal purposes. The upper part of the okra pods are commonly remove or cut and thrown prior to cooking. This part of okra pod also contains mucilage which gives its slimy characteristic. Okra pods specially when heated produce more sticky mucus. This mucilage has a good potential to be an alternative adhesive.
The purpose of this study is to prove whether okra could be an alternative adhesive and for gaining more information about adhesives. This could be helpful among students (for school), histopathologist (for histopathology procedures) and for some other people. B. Statement of the Problem
General Objectives :
C. Significance of the Problem
This study will be beneficial to the scientific community because it can provide new information regarding the adhesive capabilities of the Abelmoschus esculentus. This...
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