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ANALYSIS OF THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND MORPHOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF BANANA PSEUDO-STEM

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Author(s): Kun Li | Shiyu Fu | Huaiyu Zhan | Yao Zhan | Lucian A. Lucia

Journal: BioResources
ISSN 1930-2126

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 576;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Banana pseudo-stem | Chemical analysis | Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) | Light Microscopy (LM) | Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)

ABSTRACT
An analysis of the chemical composition and anatomical structure of banana pseudo-stem was carried out using Light Microscopy (LM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM). The chemical analysis indicated there is a high holocellulose content and low lignin content in banana pseudo-stem compared with some other non-wood fiber resources. These results demonstrate that the banana pseudo-stem has potential value for pulping. In addition, we report for the first time from using LM and CLSM that banana stems possess a structure involving helicoidal fibers separated by barrier films.

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