Non-wood forest products are an important part of the forestry industry in China, particularly in poor mountain and forest areas. This paper concentrates on the present situation of chemical uses for non-wood forest products in China. It outlines the status of traditional products such as rosin, turpentine, tannin extracts and shellac, as well as pharmaceutical and health products. More recent developments in extraction and processing are also discussed. The prospects for chemical non-wood forest product extraction and utilisation are explored in the local and international contexts as contributors to the overall welfare of the Chinese population.
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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)