Goldstein, Irving S. Department of Wood and Paper Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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A chemical obtained from wood. Woody plants comprise the greatest part of the organic materials produced by photosynthesis on a renewable basis. Replacement of fossil hydrocarbons, from which most organic chemicals are derived, is possible in many cases by the production of organic chemicals from wood (see illustration).
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