Special Issue "Plant Bast Fibers"
A special issue of Fibers (ISSN 2079-6439).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)
Dr. Gea Guerriero
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department, 5, Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
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Interests: fiber crops; plant fibers; plant and fungal cell wall; cellulose; chitin; callose; (a)biotic stress; alfalfa; barley; lignin; silicon; gene expression; transcriptomics; plant physiology
The current economic scenario is rapidly pushing towards finding sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals. In this respect, herbaceous crops are important. as they provide, sustainably, high amounts of biomass in a relatively short time. Among herbaceous species, there are fiber crops that produce phloem fibers (bast fibers) used for textile production and for the polymer composite industry. For example, hemp produces long cellulosic bast fibers, which are appreciated in the biocomposite sector. Bast fibers are cheaper, renewable and have a smaller C footprint as compared to synthetic fibers.
In this Special Issue, dedicated to bast fibers (both gelatinous and xylan-type), original research papers, as well as reviews, are welcome. The goal is to gather contributions on various aspects related to bast fibers, namely –omics analyses, retting, industrial uses, reponse of fiber crops to exogenous constraints, as well as the molecular characterization of the steps involved in bast fiber growth and development.
I hope that this Special Issue will provide to the scientific community a thorough overview of the current research on bast fibers and fiber crops.
Dr. Gea Guerriero
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- Bast fibers
- Fiber crops
- Intrusive growth
- Abiotic stress
- Biotic stress
- Gene expression profiling
- Industrial use