During the last decades, the grape vine disease Esca has spread all around the world, especially in Europe. New approaches to effective countermeasures are needed to reduce further infections. Fungal spores cause these infections by penetrating open wounds of the plant. Including disinfection of cross sections after pruning, current countermeasures have proven to be insufficient. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to develop a breathable wound closing material made out of electrospun polymeric fibers. The fiber mats with a porous structure should prevent the penetration by the spores and, in consequence, the infection of the vine plant. This thesis is separated into several parts including extensive synthetic work to design a polymer material with thermal and mechanical properties adjusted to the potential application. Subsequently, electrospun wound closures were prepared and tested by means of their barrier properties against fungal spores.
|School:||Universitaet Bayreuth (Germany)|
|Source:||DAI-C 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Textile Research, Materials science, Polymer chemistry|
|Keywords:||Electrospinning, Polymer fibers|
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