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Plant Fibers and Phenolics: A Review on Their Synthesis, Analysis and Combined Use for Biomaterials with New Properties

Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena, Via P.A. Mattioli 4, I-53100 Siena, Italy
Trees and Timber Institute-National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IVALSA), Via Aurelia 49, I-58022 Follonica (GR), Italy
Environmental Research and Innovation Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, 5, Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
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Fibers 2019, 7(9), 80;
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 17 August 2019 / Accepted: 26 August 2019 / Published: 31 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Fibers)
Devising environmental-friendly processes in biotechnology is a priority in the current economic scenario. We are witnessing a constant and steady push towards finding sustainable solutions to societal challenges by promoting innovation-driven activities minimizing the environmental impact and valorizing natural resources. In bioeconomy, plants are among the most important renewable sources of both fibers (woody and cellulosic) and phytochemicals, which find applications in many industrial sectors, spanning from the textile, to the biocomposite, medical, nutraceutical, and pharma sectors. Given the key role of plants as natural sources of (macro)molecules, we here provide a compendium on the use of plant fibers functionalized/impregnated with phytochemicals (in particular phenolic extracts). The goal is to review the various applications of natural fibers functionalized with plant phenolics and to valorize those plants that are source of both fibers and phytochemicals. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant fibers; cellulose; secondary metabolism; phenolics plant fibers; cellulose; secondary metabolism; phenolics
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Berni, R.; Cai, G.; Hausman, J.-F.; Guerriero, G. Plant Fibers and Phenolics: A Review on Their Synthesis, Analysis and Combined Use for Biomaterials with New Properties. Fibers 2019, 7, 80.

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