Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 13, pp 4850–4857 | Cite as

Structure and properties of fibres from sea-grass (Zostera marina)

  • P. DaviesEmail author
  • C. Morvan
  • O. Sire
  • C. Baley


This paper presents results from a study of fibres extracted from Zostera marina eel-grass collected from the Baltic coast. This species of sea-grass is shown to contain small diameter (around 5 μm) fibres composed of ∼57% cellulose, ∼38% of non-cellulosic polysaccharides (mainly xylan) and ∼5% of residual matter so-called Klason lignin. This composition is quite different to that of commonly used terrestrial fibres. Single fibre stiffness values up to 28 GPa were measured. This stiffness combined with a low density could provide an attractive reinforcement for composite materials, and may be particularly suitable for use in bio-degradable structures.


Lignin Pectin Natural Fibre Single Fibre Secondary Wall 
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The authors acknowledge the assistance of Hervé LeDeit and Melanie Fadel in supplying samples, Sebastien Alix for the hand-cut sections of blades and carmin-green staining, and Gwennina Croizer for fibre extraction studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IFREMER, Materials & Structures group (ERT/MS)PlouzanéFrance
  2. 2.Université de Rouen, UMR 6037CNRS, IFRMP 23Mont-Saint-AignanFrance
  3. 3.Université de Bretagne Sud, L2PICLorientFrance

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