of these articles is concerned with the material Latex, to the text record program of the same name, sees LaTeX

Latex (male, Plural: Latizes) is the milchige juice of the tropical india rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Many higher plants produce this milchige emulsion in their special cells- their composition very differently to be can, mostly as protection against injuries or verb-eats by Fressfeinde (insects and higher animals) - most Latizes is bitterly, some even poisonous.

Latex one calls also the emulsion from liquid india rubber andWater - basis for Latexfarben, which admits emulsion paints under the collective term is.

Frequently one reads Latex synonymously for the term rubber also.

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chemical composition

Naturlatex is a complex emulsion from water and polymers; among other things from vegetable rubbers, Naturharze, Tannine, alkaloids, proteins, strength, sugar and fat. Latex is white, it in addition, mostly gives yellow, orangeor red Latizes.


Latexgewinnung an einem Kautschukbaum
Latexgewinnung at an india rubber tree

for the production of Latex is V-shaped angeritzt the crust of the india rubber tree, so that the liquid at a side of the trunk can be out-dripped and caught there in containers. Subsequently,the juice is thickened by evaporation or centrifugation and stabilized with ammonia.

Other latexproduzierende plants are: Maulbeergewächse, Chicorée, wolf milk plants, poppy plants, dog poison plants, swallow peppering plants, Sapodillgewächse. Also mushrooms like some Lactarius - and Peziza kinds belong to.


Latex is processed almost exclusively to natural rubber. With contact with sunlight and/or. with UV light or with fats the material can dissolve.

Latex from Chiclegummi is used for chewing rubber the production. From Latex of acacias one wins Rubber arabicum.

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