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International Journal of the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology of Wood

Editor-in-Chief: Faix, Oskar

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UV-microscopic analysis of acetylated spruce and birch cell walls

Christian Hansmann1 / Manfred Schwanninger2 / Barbara Stefke3 / Barbara Hinterstoisser4 / Wolfgang Gindl5






Corresponding author. Institut für Holzforschung, Universität für Bodenkultur, Gregor Mendel Straße 33, A-1180 Wien, Austria. Fax: +43-1-476544295, E-mail:

Citation Information: Holzforschung. Volume 58, Issue 5, Pages 483–488, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: 10.1515/HF.2004.073, June 2005

Publication History

October 29, 2003
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Spruce and birch earlywood was acetylated to different weight percent gains using three different acetylation procedures. The absorbance spectra of secondary cell wall and compound cell corner middle lamella were determined by means of UV microscopy. Analysis of the spectra showed that the characteristic lignin absorbance peak in the UV spectrum of wood around 280 nm shifted to shorter wavelengths in acetylated samples. A distinct relationship between achieved weight percent gains after acetylation and observed spectral shifts could be established revealing a certain potential to measure acetylation on a cellular level by means of UV microscopy.

Keywords: acetylation; birch; cell wall; spectral shift; spruce; UV microscopy

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