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Title: Pulp and Paper Making Characteristics of Fibers from Plantation-grown Oxythenantera Abyssinica and Beema Bamboo (A Tissue Cultured Clone from Bambusa Balcooa)
Authors: Boadu, Kwadwo Boakye
Ansong, Michael
Afrifaha, Kojo Agyapong
Nsiah- Asantea, Elizabeth
Keywords: Bamboo plantation
cellulolytic material
packaging paper;
runkel ratio
wood fiber
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Abstract: The alarming global deforestation rate has great impacts on the output of the Pulp and paper Industry since wood is the principal papermaking fiber material. Although, generally, bamboo is an alternative cellulolytic fiber source, the species and culm age have great effects on its papermaking potential. Based on the methods by the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA), this work assessed the characteristics of fibers from the axial culm sections of six-month plantation-grown Oxythenantera abyssinica and Beema bamboo (which was cloned from Bambusa balcoaa) for paper production. The lengths of the fibers ranged from 1.89 to 2.39 mm while the diameters were 0.025–0.031 mm. The fiber lumen diameter and wall thickness were 0.014–0.018 mm and 0.004–0.006 mm, respectively. Fibers from the species had their runkle ratios below 1, slenderness ratios above 70 and flexibility ratios above 50. These characteristics compare well with the recommendations for fibers often used for the production of packaging, writing and printing papers. Establishment of plantations of Beema bamboo and O. abyssinica is encouraged as they will serve as good raw material base for the paper industry within six months of planting. Additionally, their planting will contribute to meeting Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 13.
Description: This article has been published in JOURNAL OF NATURAL FIBERS and also available at https://doi.org/10.1080/15440478.2020.1856270
URI: /10.1080/15440478.2020.1856270
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