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USDA awards $1 m for oil substitute research

The USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture has awarded almost $1 million for research at Kentucky University (Lexington) to modify plants to produce petrochemical substitutes. The project will be led by plant biochemist Professor Joseph Chappell. The five-year $985,000 grant will fund work to develop plants able to produce oils suitable for manufacturing combustible fuels and other petrochemical-like materials including nylon, paints and plastics.


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