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- noun biochemistry A
hydrocarbon polymer, of uncertain structure but thought to be similar to kerogen, found in some plants.
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There are two types of polymer; cutin, providing structural framework, as well as cutan, which increases the plant's resistance to water.
The researchers concluded that of the two, cutan is more likely to perform as an absorbent in the soil.
The findings of this study suggest that cutan is actually a mix of rigid and amorphous structure, rather than pure crystalline carbon.
"In order to be able to predict the sorption-desorption behavior of compounds in soils, the level and composition of the natural [plant cutin/cutan] components of soil organic matter must be evaluated.