High-performance spider webs: integrating biomechanics, ecology and behaviour

@article{Harmer2010HighperformanceSW,
  title={High-performance spider webs: integrating biomechanics, ecology and behaviour},
  author={Aaron M. T. Harmer and Todd A. Blackledge and Joshua S Madin and Marie E. Herberstein},
  journal={Journal of The Royal Society Interface},
  year={2010},
  volume={8},
  pages={457 - 471}
}
Spider silks exhibit remarkable properties, surpassing most natural and synthetic materials in both strength and toughness. Orb-web spider dragline silk is the focus of intense research by material scientists attempting to mimic these naturally produced fibres. However, biomechanical research on spider silks is often removed from the context of web ecology and spider foraging behaviour. Similarly, evolutionary and ecological research on spiders rarely considers the significance of silk… 

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