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ECONOMIC VALUE OF THE COMMON STINGING NETTLE

Nature volume 150, page 83 (18 July 1942) | Download Citation

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IT is a well-known fact that the common nettle (Urtica dioica)yieldsa very strong bast fibre which was used in Great Britain until about 1860 for the manufacture of cloth. Since then its use has been discontinued because other cheaper, imported materials became available. In the past, nettles have been cultivated also in France and other parts of Europe for the production of fibre.

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    , "Fasern" in "Ersatzstoffe aus dem Pflanzenreich", edited by L. Diels, Stuttgart, 1918, 318–87. Pp. 355–63 deal with the fibre of Urtica dioica.

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    Anon., Jute Abstracts, 3, 9, 235.

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    • C. R. METCALFE

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