Resource-efficient and non-toxic material flows from wood waste

With increasing focus on recycling, wood waste can increase its potential to generate secondary raw materials instead of incineration and landfilling. The quality of wood waste, as determined by the presence of material and mainly chemical impurities, is essential to ensure a high quality, clean and safe recycling loop for particleboards or for other emerging …

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A new bio-based wood adhesive

One of the obstacles to easy recycling of wood composites is the thermosetting adhesives used in their production. Increasing the recyclability of composites could be achieved by developing bio-based bonding materials that will decompose under specific conditions. Bio-based adhesives such as those based on starch and microfibrillated cellulose have been demonstrated to form strong bonds …

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Xylem development and wood formation

The project focuses on lignification and cell death of xylem elements and how these processes influence the chemical and physical properties of the secondary cell walls and woody tissues of vascular plants. We use two model systems. The roots and hypocotyls of Arabidopsis thaliana provide excellent models for understanding the molecular and genetic control of …

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Biomassa från Salix för en biobaserad ekonomi

Målet med projektet är att studera alternativa användningsområden av biomassa från salix, t.ex. som råvara för produktion av biobränslen och av nya biokemikalier. Salix är en snabbväxande gröda med hög biomassaproduktion. För att förstå möjligheten att använda salix som råvara i olika processer behöver vi studera hela odlingssystemet hos salix inklusive både ovan- och underjordsprocesser. …

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Process-adapted biobased assortments through novel development of the steam explosion process

The aim of the project is to, from softwood bark, develop and provide semi-manufactured industrial commodities with the following properties: a) Low content of process-disturbing/inhibitory substances during steam pretreatment  b) Enhanced enzymatic digestibility  c) High density and manageable properties for storage and transport Project partners: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Valmet, Bio4Energy