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byssus

the threads which attach certain molluscs to the SUBSTRATE (2) or the stalk in some fungi.
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One known class of protein-based marine adhesives is found in both the byssal threads used to anchor mussels to their substrates and in the cement used for tube construction in some tube-dwelling polychaetes.
Waite, "Short-order tendons: liquid crystal mesophases, metal-complexation and protein gradients in the externalized collagens of mussel byssal threads," in Fibrous Proteins, Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit, T.
Instead, the mussel anchors itself to a firm surface with a group of filaments called byssal threads or byssus, also known as the "beard" that has to be yanked off the shell before you start cooking.
Although byssal thread attachment may contribute to handling costs of P.
This means that large mussels require some energy for maintenance (including the production of byssal threads for the stronger attachment needed due to an increased surface area and associated drag) and for reproduction, which reduces the proportion of energy available for allocation to growth (Kooijman 2000, Ren & Ross 2005).
In beds, these byssal threads attach both to the substratum and to other mussels (Fig.
diomedea are tethered, and each byssal thread was attached to just one or a few particles (Meadows and Shand, 1989; Pelc and Alexander, 1999).
Yield and post-yield behavior of mussel byssal thread: a self-healing biomolecular material.
Data for byssal thread thickness and total distance traveled was log-transformed to meet the assumption of normality, before being analyzed using a 1-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's HSD post hoc test.
In this paper we investigate the effects of hypoxia and low-frequency agitation on byssal thread production by D.