Rediscovering Date Palm by-products: an Opportunity for Sustainable Development

Rediscovering Date Palm by-products: an Opportunity for Sustainable Development

H. El-Mously

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Abstract. The date palm was the pivot of cultural, social and economic life for long centuries in rural areas in the Arab region. The basic needs of millions of people in rural areas were being satisfied relying on the by-products of date palms. With the drastic change of the style of life most of these byproducts became redundant leading to the neglect of pruning of date palms, and thus becoming a direct cause of fire accidents and infestation by dangerous insects. This situation represents a real challenge to those concerned with development. How to compose a new vision to palm by-products transcending the traditional forms of utilization of these by-products being treated as waste? The path of rediscovery of these by-products is paramount. How to develop new forms of utilization of palm by-products to satisfy modern demands on the local, national and international levels? An approach has been suggested for the industrial utilization of date palm by-products.

date palm, palm midrib, endogenous development, rediscovery of local resources, palm by-products, bioeconomy, date waste, lignocellulosic by-products

Published online 4/20/2019, 59 pages
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Citation: H. El-Mously, Rediscovering Date Palm by-products: an Opportunity for Sustainable Development, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 11, pp 3-61, 2019


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