Bagasse

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Sugar cane stalks

Description

Originally, the term bagasse was applied to any residual fibers from the processing of numerous plants and fruits such as olives, palm nuts, grapes, sisal, sugarcane, and sugar beets. Currently, the term bagasse only refers to the dry, fibrous residue left from the stalks of sugarcane, Saccharum officinarum, after the sugar has been extracted. Bagasse is composed of cellulose (50%), pentosan (25%) and lignin (25%). It is used in the production of pulp paper pulp, fiberboards, insulation, tile acoustical tile, and animal feed.

Bagasse pile

Synonyms and Related Terms

megass; bagazo (Esp.); Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane)

Hazards and Safety

Dust is flammable. Inhalation of dust may cause pneumonitis or asthma.

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Authority

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
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  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
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  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
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  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 970
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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