Australian Crocodile Industry RD&E Plan 2024-2029
The Australian saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) industry, with its 21 operators in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, plays a significant role in the...
Published: 1 Apr 2004
Author(s): Lamb, Peter R., Denning, Ron J.
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Conventional flax processing aims to maintain long strands of bast fibre. It is labour intensive and most of the processing is done on antiquated machinery which has not been developed relative to the enormous investment and improvement in cotton processing machinery. There have been some efforts to “cottonise” flax by shortening it using cutting or enzymes but not linseed. However, the authors had observed that the component cellulose fibres of linseed were of similar fineness to cotton and could potentially be individualised for processing on high production open-end spinning equipment.
The aim of the project was to enhance the economic returns on bast fibre seed crops by turning the stalks into a source of high value fibre that could be processed on existing cotton machinery.