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Hemp production for industrial purposes continues to grow worldwide, and is currently being used for many applications including house insulation, paper making, animal bedding, fabric, rope making and also as a biofuel. This book brings together international experts to examine all aspects of industrial hemp production, including the origins of hemp production, as well as the botany and anatomy, genetics and breeding, quality assessment, regulations, and the agricultural and industrial economics of hemp production. A translation of "Le Chanvre Industriel" this book has been revised and updated for an international audience and is essential reading for producers of industrial hemp, industry personnel and agriculture researchers and students. It is suitable for horticulture researchers and students, producers of industrial hemp and industry personnel.
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1: Hemp: A Plant with a Worldwide Distribution2: The History of Hemp3: Physiology and Botany of Industrial Hemp4: Genetics and Selection of Hemp5: Factors Affecting the Yield of Industrial Hemp - Experimental Results from France6: Hemp Agronomics and Cultivation7: Legislative Controls on the Cultivation of Hemp8: The Agricultural Economics of Hemp9: The Industrial Hemp Economy10: Integrated Quality Management for Bast Fibres in Technical Applications11: Use of Natural Fibres in Composites for German Automotive Production from 1999 to 200512: Increasing Demand for European Hemp Fibres13: Hemp in Papermaking14: Hemp and Plastics15: Medicinal Uses of Hemp16: Hemp Seeds for Nutrition17: Hemp and the Construction Industry18: The Uses of Hemp for Domestic Animals19: Chemical and Morphological Differences in Hemp Varieties20: Hemp Production Outside the EU - North America and Eastern Europe21: The Role of Hemp in Sustainable Development

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