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Energy - Systems, Storage and Harvesting | Kenaf: A Multi-Purpose Crop for Several Industrial Applications - New insights from the Biokenaf

Kenaf: A Multi-Purpose Crop for Several Industrial Applications

New insights from the Biokenaf Project

Monti, Andrea, Alexopoulou, Efthimia (Eds.)

2013, VII, 262 p. 43 illus., 5 illus. in color.

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  • Discusses economic factors of kenaf as a industrial material and green energy alternative
  • Collects information gathered by BIOKENAF project covering  description of the kenaf crop, agronomy, physiology, productivity, harvesting, industrial and energy applications, economic viability as well as environmental impact assessment
  • Includes global research and development including results and information from Europe, USA and Australia as well as the central areas of cultivation in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia to give a worldwide perspective of the crop’s potential and uses

Natural plant fibers fibres are being increasingly used in manufacturing industrial products because of their renewable and biodegradable natures. Kenaf is an annual bast fibre crop that can provide fibres for several industrial applications (composites, insulation mats, absorbents, bedding material, etc.) as well as raw material for energy exploitation (solid biofuels). Kenaf: A Multi-Purpose Crop for Several Industrial Applications introduces the physiology and field management of kenaf, agronomy, productivity, harvesting as well as its the industrial and energy uses of this promising non-food crop.


Including recent research collected by the BIOKENAF project, Kenaf: A Multi-Purpose Crop for Several Industrial Applications provides a global picture of state of the art research and developments with Kenaf from Asia, USA and Australia. This thorough introduction if followed up with an assessment of the crops economic viability as well as an the environmental impact assessment of kenaf.


Although not a new crop, Kenaf: A Multi-Purpose Crop for Several Industrial Applications provides a comprehensive introduction to this crop and its developing applications for energy engineers, industry managers, politicians and managers working to develop sustainable energy sources and bio-economies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » BIOKENAF Project - Energy Applications & Economic Viability of Bio-products - Kenaf Agronomy and Harvesting - Kenaf Physiology - Natural Plant Fibers in Industrial Applications - Solid Biofuels

Related subjects » Energy Technology - Environmental Engineering and Physics - Plant Sciences - Structural Materials - Systems, Storage and Harvesting

Table of contents 

Preface.- Foreword.- 1.Origin, Description, Importance and Cultivation Area of Kenaf.- 2.Crop Physiology.- 3.The Breeding of Kenaf.- 4.Crop Management.- 5.Environmental aspects of kenaf production and use.- 6.Kenaf Fibre Crop for Bio-Economic Industrial Development.- 7.Economic and Financial Analysis: The farmer’s point of view.

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