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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


item Webber, Charles - Chuck
item Ray, Charles
item Bledsoe, Robert

Submitted to: Symposium Chemistry of Kenaf Properties and Materials Fifth Chemical Congre
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Increased demand of medium density fiberboard and particleboard and competition for fiber sources has prompted the industrial panel industry to investigate new fiber sources to produce commercially viable products. Kenaf (Hibiscus cannibinus L.) is a high yielding annual fiber crop capable of production throughout the southern United States. The objective of this research was to determine the feasibility of producing medium density particleboard from whole stalk kenaf. The kenaf was produced at Ladonia, TX in cooperation with the Ladonia Market Center and the USDA at Lane, OK. The whole stalk plant material was ground and then made into 5/8 inch thick boards using one of three resins. Temple- Inland also produced a particle board with a Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) face and a whole stalk kenaf core using a urea formaldehyde (UF) resin. Although the tests were preliminary, the results indicate that the particle eboards with 100% kenaf (UF resin) and the SYP face with whole stalk kenaf core (UF resin) showed impressive particleboard properties for panels produced around 50 pounds per cubic feet density. September 17, 1996 Charles D. Ray Temple Inland Forest Products P.O. Box Drawer N

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