- Agriculture, Forestry & Soils
- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
- Fiber crop
Nelson, Elton G. National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland.
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A plant grown for its fibrous material, which is used for many commercial purposes and for home industry. Many plants are grown as fiber crops because of their content or yield of fibrous material (see illustration), which is used in the manufacture of textiles, linen, rope, and paper products. The production and use of plant fibers date back many centuries and form the basis for one of the earliest industrial processes. In general, fibers may be extracted from various parts of different plants. See also: Linen; Natural fiber; Paper; Plant anatomy; Rope; Textile
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