Professor Tuula Teeri, Wood Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology is head of a research group for paper in the future. She has just made an application to obtain a patent for a new sort of paper.
To modify the fibres a chemical enzymatic method has been used. The product is a polymer from wood cells, strong and water resistant. It is also formable and flexible and can be used in still better packaging and hygiene products. It could also make the cellulose components in cars much stronger and durable. Perhaps it could be used in airplanes in the future.
Source: www.biofibre.net vom 2002-12-16.