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|Title: ||Suitability of Chrysophyllum albidum from moist semi-deciduous forest in Ghana as a raw material for manufacturing paper-based products|
|Authors: ||Ofosu, Samuel|
Boakye Boadu, Kwadwo
Agyapong Afrifah, Kojo
|Keywords: ||Hardwood pulp|
|Issue Date: ||May-2019|
|Publisher: ||JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY|
|Citation: ||JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY, VOL. 39, NO. 2, 153–166|
|Abstract: ||The global demand for paper-based products continues to increase
amidst challenges with raw material supply to the pulp industries.
Considerable efforts to discover new wood resources from tropical
forests to widen the material stock are ongoing. This study examined
the suitability of the outer and inner wood fibres from different axial
sections (i.e., butt, middle and top) of Chrysophyllum albidum from
a moist semi-deciduous forest in Ghana for paper production. The
fibre morphology and derived indices [i.e., Runkel Ratio, Slenderness
Ratio, Flexibility Coefficient, Coefficient of Rigidity, Luce’s Shape
Factor and Solids Factor] were determined using the methods by
the International Association of Wood Anatomist. C. albidum inner
and outer wood fibres were generally long and thin with wide lumen.
The fibre-derived indices were similar to those of many popular
paper-producing timbers such as Acacia mangium and Pinus sylvestris.
The fibre morphology and derived indices of C. albidum meet the
recommended thresholds for fibres for manufacturing writing and
printing papers with good tearing and bursting strength properties.
Thus, the wood’s fibres would be suitable for producing papers with
good strength properties. Its utilization will contribute to expanding
the raw material sources for the pulp and paper industry|
|Description: ||This article is published in Journal of Sustainable Forestry and also available at DOI:
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