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Research Article

Bioprospecting Finds the Toughest Biological Material: Extraordinary Silk from a Giant Riverine Orb Spider

  • Ingi Agnarsson mail,

    iagnarsson@gmail.com

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America, Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Department of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Matjaž Kuntner,

    Affiliation: Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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  • Todd A. Blackledge

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Published: September 16, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011234

About the Authors

Ingi Agnarsson
Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America
Ingi Agnarsson, Matjaž Kuntner
Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ingi Agnarsson, Todd A. Blackledge
Department of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: iagnarsson@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: IA MK TAB. Performed the experiments: IA MK. Analyzed the data: IA TAB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: IA TAB. Wrote the paper: IA MK TAB.