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S2 Orientation of Microfibrils in Softwood Tracheids and Hardwood Fibers

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In this study the soft-rot method was applied to measuring the variation of microfibril angle (mfa) in loblolly pine, black cherry, sugar maple and canelo. For loblolly pine and black cherry, measurements of the radial wall indicated a gradual decrease in mfa across the earlywood portion of the growth ring, with an abrupt decrease at the latewood zone for pine, and in contrast only a slight decrease in microfibril angle across an annual ring of black cherry. In loblolly pine microfibril angle measurements indicated that the average microfibril angle in radial sections was very similar to the average for tangential sections of the same block. The average microfibril angles in the intermediate plane, or cell corner, were statistically similar to that of the tangential and radial plane, for pine, cherry, and maple. In canelo, microfibril angles in radial sections were significantly larger than in tangential and intermediate sections. In pine latewood the microfibril angles were less than the average mfa for the entire ring, and the earlywood microfibril angles were greater than the average mfa of the entire ring, thus the average mfa for the growth ring did not represent actual measured mfa values.


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