Commercial enzyme preparations, viz. Pectinex ultra Sp-L and Flaxzyme consisting predominantly of pectinolytic enzymes were found to ret green jute ribbons. Information is needed to optimize enzymatic-retting of flax (Linum usitatissimum L .) based on a pectinase-rich mixture and chelators. Seed flax straw from North. J Biotechnol. Aug 23;89() Enzyme-retting of flax and characterization of processed fibers. Akin DE(1), Foulk JA, Dodd RB, McAlister DD 3rd.

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Enzyme treatments using a bacterial pectinolytic enzyme with lyase activity were conducted in lab-scale reactors.

Fiber properties were determined and crude test yarns were made of raw and Shirley cleaned flax fibers and cotton in various blend levels. Interface testing assesses the ability of fiber to bond to the matrix. Enzymatic treatment on bast kenaf successfully removed the non-cellulosic materials. The concentration of reducing sugar released was determined using galacturonic acid as a standard.

Fibre with a Runkel ratio below 1 is normally associated with good mechanical strength properties Istek The second test was a notched impact [ 21 ] which was found in a previous study [ 19 ] to reduce scatter between coupons over that of unnotched testing and selected to make differences in performance between the fibres more discernable.

Browse subjects Browse through journals Reting through conferences. Electronic books The e-book database EBC. September 28, ; Published: Variation in composite performance might not be realized due to poor interfacial bonding being of larger impact than the more subtle changes incurred by enzymes.

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A h treatment successfully removed the most pectin, lignin, and hemicellulose. In this work, the Runkel ratio of the pectinase-treated fibre ranged from 0. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of pectinase produced from locally isolated Aspergillus fumigatus R6 in kenaf retting.

Another contributing factor of a fibers performance in a composite is its diameter rettign was found to decrease via image analysis and SEM with increasing enzyme exposure. It has been proposed to overcome the irregularities caused by variations in climatic parameters, realizing retting by the action of pectin, enzymes such as pectinase or beta-glucanase. In Canada, flax is grown for its seed with the potential to produce composites from the residual straw. As detailed by Foulk et al.


Fiber quality differences between enzyme- or dew-retted fibers and unretted fibers are evident with their subsequent applications significantly diverse [ 5 ].

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The duration of the enzyme treatment depends on the temperature and enyzmatic enzyme concentration used, it can range from two hours to twenty-four hours. The slenderness ratio, which measures the fibre stiffness, plays a vital role in determining how the fibre will be used.

The quality of combine-harvested fibre flax for industrials purposes depends on the degree of retting. Enzyme retting via the pectinase PL-BRI is capable of producing consistent high-strength renewable fibers with variable fineness values for use in novel resins developed for natural fiber agricultural feedstock composites. ebzymatic

Enzyme-retting of flax and characterization of processed fibers.

A series of tests were conducted to determine the quality of the enzyme-retted flax fibers. The maximum load was recorded, and the specific tensile strength was calculated for each sample set. Unnotched impact testing demonstrated that the performance of the biofiber samples slightly increased with enzyme exposure and the neat resin had a significant reduction in impact properties. The present invention thus relates to a bast fiber retting process, and in particular flax, using at least one enzyme adapted to degrade at least the pectines contained in the natural fiber, characterized in that it consists in acting on the fiber enzymatic solution containing an endo polygalacturonase EC 3.

Flax stems that were crimped to disrupt the outer layers were soaked with various proportions of Viscozyme-EDTA solutions, retted, and then cleaned and cottonized with commercial processing equipment.

Pectinase-treated kenaf fibres; from left to right: The action of the enzyme solution can be controlled by adjusting the speed of movement of the belt past the spray nozzles.

Another retting method, dew-retting, produces fibres of inconsistent quality, as this method is geographically limited and is dependent on the weather, which makes the retting conditions uncontrollable Van Sumere Unretted straw was decorticated providing a coarse fiber bundle feedstock for enzyme treatments. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada using roller-mill technology to maintain fiber length and reduce mechanical processing rteting provide coarse fiber bundles as a feedstock for enzyme treatment.

August 14, ; Revised enzymaic received and accepted: FR Ref legal event code: Knowledge of the fiber strength and stiffness is critical in determining if a composite is reaching its full potential or hindered retitng other factors such as poor interfacial bonding. Trends for both interface tests demonstrate no relationships between enzyme retting and interface strength Table 4.


Four flax samples were examined, rehting in degree of enzyme retting. A trace amount of these materials could still be observed during the course of treatment; however, the surface became smoother and fibrillation was obvious by increasing the retting time.

Depending on samples, fibre strengths Stelometer are equal to or considerably greater than dew retted ‘cottonized flax or typical cotton fibres. One unit was defined as changes in 0.

The present invention also relates to an enzyme solution to implement the enzymatic retting process. The fiber reinforcement improved both impact properties of the composite over the neat resin.

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Mechanical processing may improve the properties of the processed fibers, but there is the potential that retting, which removes most of the natural biopolymers bonding the fibers together, may improve the performance of the fibers in ways that cannot be solely achieved in a mechanical process. RETTING ENZYME The present invention relates to an enzymatic retting process controlled bast fibers such as, in particular, flax, hemp and jute, for performing the release of cellulose fibers, so as to provide a first usable material spinning avoiding certain additional treatments of chemical or biological mechanical order.

Bethune seed flax was collected from Canada with seed removed using rettnig stripper header and straw pulled and left in field for enzymqtic weeks. Kenaf fibres are obtained through retting, which rretting a biochemical process that splits biopolymers such as pectin, hemicelluloses, and other mucilaginous substances found in the cuticle and epidermis.

Thirty samples were tested to determine the average single fibre strength. The sodium and potassium levels demonstrated a positive trend with exposure to the enzymes. The advantages of enzyme retting are offset by the additional costs and requirements of incorporating enzymes dnzymatic a production environment that would include energy costs for drying, enzymes for retting, chemicals for maintaining processing conditions, and wastewater handling systems.