Renewable raw materials are not only a hot, up-to-date topic for the daily press - active chemical research is also beeing carried out in this field. Many cultivated plants can already be used as raw materials in the chemical industry, for others industrial-scale processes have still to be developed or suitable varieties have to be bred - a wide field of research. This volume confirms that condierable success has already been achieved in recent years. Here experts present results ranging from basic research to practical applications. The high proportion of research workers from the chemical industry ensures that the contributions are strongly angled towards industrial practice.