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- Adamsen, Anders Peter S.; Akin, Danny E.; Rigsby, Luanne L.
- Textile research journal 2002 v.72 no.9 pp. 789-794
- EDTA (chelating agent); chelating agents; fabrics; fiber quality; flax; gluconates; in vitro studies; pH; retting; sodium hydroxide; sodium phosphate; sodium tripolyphosphate; stems; straw; sulfuric acid; textile fibers
- ... More controllable retting procedures to produce quality fibers from flax are sought by applying chelators at high pH and enzyme chelating formulations at lower pH. Using the Fried Test as an in vitro method for evaluating fiber separation from shive, EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) at 8 mM levels and sodium tripolyphosphate at 50 mM levels, both with 25 mM NaOH, effectively ret flax stems. ...