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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.

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  • The researchers concluded that of the two, cutan is more likely to perform as an absorbent in the soil.

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  • The findings of this study suggest that cutan is actually a mix of rigid and amorphous structure, rather than pure crystalline carbon.

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  • "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.

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