Properties of natural fibers separated from Chromolaena odorata and Mikania micrantha.
This paper reports the possibility of separating natural fibers from two invasive alien plants Chromolaena odorata and Mikania micrantha. These two are considered as high-risk species on the basis their invasiveness and being a menace to the natural biodiversity of Kerala, India. Water retting and alkali extraction methods were used for the separation of stem fibers. Fibers obtained showed similar properties to currently used common fibers. Based on morphometric measurements and derived values, such as slenderness ratio, flexibility ratio, and Runkel ratio, these fibers are expected to be suitable for industrial purposes.