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After cellulose, lignin is the most abundant plant-derived polymer in nature. It provides mechanical support to plants, but it has also a defense role against pests and diseases, thanks to antioxidant, bactericidal, and antifungal properties, deriving from its polyphenolic nature. Huge quantities of technical lignins are obtained during several industrial processes and they actually represent a waste of paper pulp and bioethanol industry. Although in the last decades many efforts have been directed to obtain lignin valorization in several fields and for diverse applications, this biobased polymer is still largely underutilized. In particular, very little is known about the possibility to exploit its antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties in the agronomical field. On the other hand, pest control is often achieved by using copper-based pesticides, but environmental and health issues urge for novel solutions implying reduced …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
3 Dec 2018

Valentina Sinisi, Paolo Pelagatti, Mauro Carcelli, Andrea Migliori, Luciana Mantovani, Lara Righi, Giuliano Leonardi, Suvi Pietarinen, Christian Hubsch, Dominga Rogolino

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Volume: 7 Issue: 3 Pages: 3213-3221
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering