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Chemical Delignification of Flax Straw and Other Cellulosic Materials

Nature volume 166, pages 195196 (29 July 1950) | Download Citation

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THE retting of flax, which is a delignification and a degumming process brought about by microorganisms, has been used in Europe for many years in the linen industry. Retting is usually applied to the straw of a variety of flax which has been developed and grown to give long stems. Moreover, the straw is harvested before lignification has proceeded too far.

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  1. Division of Agricultural Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, St. Paul 1, Minnesota. Feb. 16.

    • E. BESSER
    • , R. E. MONTONNA
    •  & F. SMITH

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