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Evaluation for characterization of pulp and paper making from weed species Lantana camara L.

Shweta Bhodiwala*, Reenu Agarwala & Sunita Chauhanb
aDepartment of Botany, IIS (Deemed to be University), Jaipur, India
bKumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute Pratap Nagar, India
Received : 28th July, 2022 ; Revised : 29th August, 2022

Abstract– One of the significant purposes behind deforestation is logging of wood and utilizing a significant measure of this logged wood for the development of paper and pulp. Subsequently, non-woody plant species are being looked to complement the conventional process for production of paper and pulp. In the present study, proximate analysis is done for the weed plant Lantana camara which is available locally everywhere in abundance according to the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry standard method. The results show that holocellulose content found in twig of Lantana camara L. is 70.56% whereas in leaves of Lantana camara L. is 58.64% which were thus evaluated in comparison to the other species as like banana fibre, Datura fibre. Also the lignin content of twig and leaves of Lantana camara L. is compared which is observed as27.7% and 24.59% respectively. The results of the current study showed very good concentration of the alpha holocellulose i.e., 61.65% for twigs and 50.51% for leaves as compared to the other wood raw material. Thus the result shows the possible potential of this weed species for make its use in pulp and paper industries. Moreover, this species which is locally available can also become a very good source of income if an organized effort is considered to pool the biomass.

Key words: Paper, Industry, Pulp, Deforestation, Hollocellulose.

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