Sweet Corn (Zea mays)
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A glue is made from the starch in the seed. This starch is also used in cosmetics and the manufacture of glucose.
A semi-drying oil is obtained from the seed. It has many industrial uses, in the manufacture of linoleum, paints, varnishes, soaps etc[21, 61].
The corn spathes are used in the production of paper, straw hats and small articles such as little baskets[74, 171].
A fibre obtained from the stems and seed husks is used for making paper. They are harvested in late summer after the seed has been harvested, they are cut into usable pieces and soaked in clear water for 24 hours. They are then cooked for 2 hours in soda ash and then beaten in a ball mill for 1_ hours in a ball mill. The fibres make a light greenish cream paper. Be careful not to overcook the fibre otherwise it will produce a sticky pulp that is very hard to form into paper.
The dried cobs are used as a fuel.
The pith of the stems is used as a packing material.
Cultivation & Habitat
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