Immunology and Integrative Molecular Biology Special Degree
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Colombo
Made out of fibrous proteins, spider silk is one of the most outstanding biomaterials which is investigated in many applications. Unlike other arthropods, female orb-weavers produce a variety of silk types from seven different glands with distinct properties. Current study is focused on the antimicrobial activity of micro-extracted components of spider silk against both gram negative, gram positive bacteria and fungi. Silk is analyzed from spiders of the family Nephilidae.