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Important Fiber Terms
are fibers made with ether or esters of cellulose, which can be obtained from the bark, wood or leaves of plants, or from a plant-based material.
is a class of complex organic polymers that form important structural materials in the support tissues of vascular plants because they lend rigidity and do not rot easily.
refers to plant dry matter (biomass). It is the most abundantly available raw material on the Earth for the production of biofuels, mainly bio-ethanol. It is composed of carbohydrate polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose), and an aromatic polymer (lignin).