Properties of high-quality long natural cellulose fibers from rice straw

Narendra Reddy, Yiqi Yang

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This paper reports the structure and properties of novel long natural cellulose fibers obtained from rice straw. Rice straw fibers have 64% cellulose with 63% crystalline cellulose, strength of 3.5 g/denier (450 MPa), elongation of 2.2%, and modulus of 200 g/denier (26 GPa), similar to that of linen fibers. The rice straw fibers reported here have better properties than any other natural cellulose fiber obtained from an agricultural byproduct. With a worldwide annual availability of 580 million tons, rice straw is an annually renewable, abundant, and cheap source for natural cellulose fibers. Using rice straw for high-value fibrous applications will help to add value to the rice crops, provide a sustainable resource for fibers, and also benefit the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8077-8081
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 18 2006


  • Biofibers
  • Cellulose
  • Rice straw
  • Value addition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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