Antibacterial properties of hemp and other natural fibre plants: a review

Khan, Belas Ahmed and Warner, Philip and Wang, Hao (2014) Antibacterial properties of hemp and other natural fibre plants: a review. BioResources, 9 (2). pp. 3642-3659.


Intervention against pathogenic bacteria using natural plant material has a long history. Plant materials also have been widely used as fillers and/or reinforcers in polymer composites. Some natural fibre plants, such as hemp, are regarded to possess antibacterial activity against a wide range of pathogenic bacteria. Innovative applications can be explored if they are incorporated in polymer composites. This review aims to compile the relevant investigations on antibacterial activity of hemp and other fibre plants such as jute, flax, kenaf, sisal, and bamboo. The antibacterial character might be contributed from cannabinoids, alkaloids, other bioactive compounds, or phenolic compounds of lignin. This review is intended to encourage utilization of hemp and other natural fibre plants in value-added diversified products. Some potential applications are also discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 02:01
Last Modified: 26 May 2015 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: hemp; natural fibre; antibacterial activity; cannabinoids; composites
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091012 Textile Technology
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry

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