Variations in Cellulosic Ultrastructure of Poplar

Marcus Foston, Christopher A. Hubbell, Mark Davis, Arthur J. Ragauskas

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A key property involved in plant recalcitrance is cellulose crystallinity. In an attempt to establish the typical diversity in cellulose ultrastructure for poplar, the variation and distribution of supramolecular and ultrastructural features, including the fraction of crystalline cellulose forms I α and I β, para-crystalline cellulose and amorphous cellulose content were characterized. In this study, the percent crystallinity (%Cr) and lateral fibril dimensions of cellulose isolated from poplar were determined for 18 poplar core samples collected in the northwestern region of the USA.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalBioenergy Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-510-47364


  • Cellulose
  • Poplar
  • Solid-state NMR


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