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Advances made in wood-free pulp.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance on a patent application entitled "Method of Propagating Fibercane (Arundo)." The inventor of this propagation method is David Bransby of Auburn, Alabama, who is working under private contract with Southern Fiber LLC., of Pensacola, Florida.

According to Bransby, Samoa Pacific Cellulose LLC., and Nile Fiber Pulp and Paper Company Inc. have experienced successful mill-scale pulping of Arundo donax, and approval of this patent could pave the way for the commercialization of an entirely new wood-free pulp and paper technology. Superior pulp and paper making properties of Arundo have been recognized for over 40 years, and confirmed with detailed studies using modern technology in both the United States and Portugal.

(Use 'Arundo donax' as key words in the TAPPI search engine for more details on these studies.)
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Date:Jun 1, 2002
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