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Cellulose has been called the "structural basis of the vegetable world" (1), and the preponderating constituent of all vegetable tissues (2). In view of man's dependence, directly or indirectly, upon plant materials for the fulfilment of his wants and contributions to his comforts, the importance of cellulose as the structural basis of the vegetable world is unquestioned. In industry, agriculture and physiology, the conspicuous and significant roles played by cellulose materials are beginning to be realized.