Coloured SEM of fibres from elephant grass

Coloured SEM of fibres from elephant grass

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Caption: Elephant grass fibre. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of fibres from Elephant or Napier's grass, Pennisetum purpureum. These fibres can be mixed with plastic to make biocomposite materials which are stronger than plastic by itself. The fibres have a complex structure of strands of cellulose which are wound together & surrounded by layers of hemicellulose & lignin. The fibres are strong, cheap, and light. They are a renewable resource, biodegradable, and are easier and safer to handle than man-made materials. Image taken at the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales, Great Britain.

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Keywords: biocomposites short, elephant grass, fibre, fibres, material, materials, napier's grass, pennisetum purpureum

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