Agent Name

Chitin

CAS Number

1398-61-4

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Chitin unspecified; Chitin Tc-L; Chitina [Italian]; Clandosan; Kimitsu Chitin; Regitex FA; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Polysaccharides

Description

Amorphous solid; [Merck Index] White semitransparent solid; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Occurs naturally in fungi, yeasts, marine invertebrates, and exoskeletons of arthropods; [Merck Index] The second most abundant biopolymer on earth; [ChemIDplus] Used to make chitosan; [HSDB] Used to control nematodes in various field crops, ornamentals, turf grown in fields, home gardens, and nurseries; [Reference #1]

Comments

Chitosan demonstrates no mammalian toxicity and is registered with the FDA as a food additive; [Reference #1] May cause irritation; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Chitosan." See "Cellulose."

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