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Although many biological tissues are prone to decomposition upon X-ray radiation , sheep wool and other keratin based biofibres
are relatively stable to significant X-ray doses and are not expected to be structurally destroyed during standard [mu]-XRF mapping .
The centre has therefore created a laboratory specifically outfitted to understand and grade the quality of biofibres
. Dubbed the Prairie Agricultural Fibre Characterization Industrial Technology (FibreCITY) initiative, this facility includes equipment such as a pilot scale decortication (fibre separation) line and material sectioning equipment for processing and preparing samples of biofibres
and biocomposites, along with various analytical instruments for mechanical and chemical property evaluation and high magnification imaging.
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The crops are then taken by the BioFibres
processing plant in Caernarfon and turned into bio-degradable mulch matting or hanging basket liners.