Biodegradable Plastics from Plants
dkim at nmsu.edu
Mon Aug 7 13:04:11 EST 1995
If you are looking for information about plastics from plants, you might
want to search for the polymer named "Polyhydroxybutyrate". This is one
of the materials used for this process (I think abbreviated PHB).
SCIENCE had a news-and-views article about PHB called "In search of the
plastic potato" several years ago. More recently was a short news bit
about a recombinant cotton that produces a PHB/cellulose composite fiber
(yes . . . an all-natural poly-cotton blend!)
This research has been ongoing for years, and comes up in the news (and
in the literature) every once in a while. Maybe one of the databases
such as Science Citation Index or AGRICOLA could be of help.
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