retting


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retting

[′red·iŋ]
(chemical engineering)
Soaking vegetable stalks to decompose the gummy material and release the fibers.
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In this work, the retting degree of dew-retted linseed flax fiber (Fl) was characterized in details, in comparison with that of enzyme-retted linseed flax fiber (F2), for their potential application as reinforcing materials.
A JEOL JSM-6100 SEM at a voltage of 10 kV was utilized to observe the fiber surface and also fiber bundle cross-section to characterize the retting degree.
It may be due to the fact that fungal activity of dew-retting is a natural process which could not be well controlled and happen uniformly on the stems during retting process (10), (11).