Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 65–74 | Cite as

Studies on the utilization of Pinus pinaster bark

Part 1: Chemical constituents
  • G. Vázquez
  • G. Antorrena
  • J. C. Parajó


The chemical constituents of Pinus pinaster bark are studied, as a first step of a study devoted to its benefit. The analyzed samples showed an average content of 0.5% ash, 2.5% waxes (measured as the hexane and benzene soluble fractions), 39.3% of soluble materials in polar organic solvents, water and NaOH solutions, 28.9% polysaccharides (roughly half corresponding to cellulose), 29.6% Klason lignin, 59.7% aromatic content and 1.0% suberin. The fraction with potential utility, formed by formaldehyde-condensable polyphenols and polysaccharides, is over 60 weight percent of bark. The results are compared with those determined for other pine species.


Cellulose Benzene Hexane Lignin Polysaccharide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Vázquez
    • 1
  • G. Antorrena
    • 1
  • J. C. Parajó
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering Department Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of SantiagoSantiago de CompostelaSpain

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