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Lattice imaging of Ramie cellulose. Polymer Communications
The lattice imaging by high-resolution electron
microscopy is becoming an important tool in studying the ultrastructure
of cellulose and related crystalline biopolymers 1-6.
The most crucial factor for the success of this technique is
the size of crystallite to be imaged, by which the contrast of
the lattice image is strongly affected. Apparently, this is the
reason that lattice images have been obtained mostly with highly
crystalline algal celluloses. We have shown that lattice imaging
is possible with bacterial celluloses6. This material,
however, is still much more crystalline than higher plant celluloses.
We here report the first success of lattice imaging of cellulose
from a vascular plant.