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Article Number - F19805C10853


Vol.1(3), pp. 76-86 , September 2006

ISSN: 1538-2273



Review

Cellulose-hemicellulose networks as target for in planta modification of the properties of natural fibres


Olawole O. Obembe*, Evert Jacobsen, Richard G.F. Visser, and Jean-Paul Vincken




Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences, Laboratory of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University P O Box 386, 6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands


Email: odun_wole@yahoo.co.uk






 Accepted: 07 September 2006  Published: 30 September 2006

Copyright © 2006 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Plant cell wall polysaccharides are predominant components of fibres. Natural fibres have a wide range of industrial applications, such as in paper and textile industries. Furthermore, their demand for use as bio-composites in building and automotive applications is also increasing. For the various applications, a gain of control over fibre characteristics is important. Inherent fibre characteristics are largely determined by the ratio and interactions of cellulose and hemicelluloses. Two main strategies for bioengineering fibre properties are reviewed: (i) modifying the cellulose/hemicellulose ratio (by biosynthesis or biodegradation of specific polysaccharides), and (ii) interference with cellulose-hemicellulose interactions using carbohydrate-binding modules. These in planta approaches may have the potential of complementing the currently used surface modification approaches for modifying fibre characteristics.

 

Key words: natural fibre, cellulose, hemicellulose, interactions, cell wall modification, carbohydrate binding module, cellulose synthase


APA (2006). Cellulose-hemicellulose networks as target for in planta modification of the properties of natural fibres. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews, 1(3), 76-86.
Chicago Olawole O. Obembe, Evert Jacobsen, Richard G.F. Visser, and Jean-Paul Vincken. "Cellulose-hemicellulose networks as target for in planta modification of the properties of natural fibres." Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews 1, no. 3 (2006): 76-86.
MLA Olawole O. Obembe, et al. "Cellulose-hemicellulose networks as target for in planta modification of the properties of natural fibres." Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews 1.3 (2006): 76-86.
   
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