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Record number 348879
Title Cellulose-hemicellulose networks as target for in planta modification of the properties of natural fibres
Author(s) Obembe, O.; Jacobsen, E.; Visser, R.G.F.; Vincken, J.P.
Source Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Review 1 (2006)3. - ISSN 1538-2273 - p. 76 - 86.
Department(s) Laboratory of Plant Breeding
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2006
Abstract 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.
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