Using Plant Extractives as Eco-friendly Pulp Additives: Mechanical and Antifungal Properties of Paper Sheets Made from Linen Fibers

Ayman S. Taha, Wael A. A. Abo Elgat, Yahia G. D. Fares, Eldessoky S. Dessoky, Said I. Behiry, Mohamed Zidan Mohamed Salem

Abstract


In this study, extractives from Pinus rigida heartwood (PRW), Eucalyptus camaldulensis var. obtusa aerial parts (ECL), and Eucalyptus flower buds (ECF) were used as additives in paper sheets produced from the pulp of linen fibers, and their effects on the mechanical and antifungal properties of the paper sheets were studied. The highest tensile and tear indices were 31.5 Nm/g, and 17.3 mNm2/g as pulp treated with PRW (4%), and ECL (1%), respectively. All the pulp additives yielded lower burst index values compared to the control (2.24 KPa.m2/g); the nearest value was 2.23 KPa.m2/g (ECL 4% pulp additive). The brightness percentages (ISO%) ranged from 65.7% to 70.2%, which were lower than the control treatment (70.3%). The paper sheets produced from pulp treated with 2% or 4% PRW, and with 4% ECL suppressed Aspergillus niger growth on the paper disc; pulp treated with 2% or 4% PRW, 4% ECL, and with 2% or 4% ECF completely suppressed A. terreus growth. However, all pulp extract additives did not inhibit the growth of Fusarium culmorum.

Keywords


Pulp additives; Antifungal activity; Mechanical properties; Extractives; Eucalyptus camaldulensis var. obtusa; Linen Fibers; Pinus rigida

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