Cellulose is the most abundant substance found in the plant kingdom and has numerous uses in textiles and the plastics industries. In woody plants it forms complexes with other chemicals and contributres to the pulping and papermaking properties of wood.
All woody plants contain lignin in their cell walls, and forest trees, more than any other plants, contain large quantities of this chemical compound that is extremely useful to man. Produced as a byproduct of papermaking, lignin compounds are used as binders, dispersers, and emulsifiers in a wide range of applications.
In addition, many chemical extractives of wood are used for a wide variety of applications in medicine, the food industry, and as feedstock for other chemical industries.
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