Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 261–270

Bacterial cellulose—a masterpiece of nature's arts


  • M. Iguchi
    • Bogor Research Station for Rubber Technology
  • S. Yamanaka
    • Ajinomoto Central Research
  • A. Budhiono
    • Institute for Research and Development of Agro-Based Industry

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004775229149

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Iguchi, M., Yamanaka, S. & Budhiono, A. Journal of Materials Science (2000) 35: 261. doi:10.1023/A:1004775229149


Ever since its remarkable mechanical properties were found fifteen years ago, interest has grown in bacterial cellulose for which the use had been more or less limited to the manufacture of nata-de-coco, an indigenous food of South-East Asia. This paper reviews the progress of relevant studies including the production of cellulose by bacteria, the formation of microfibrils and gel layer, the properties of gel and processed sheets, and some aspects of applications.

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