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Paper, not plastic: Leveraging microbial genes to make greener materials

A research project led by Professor Emma Master (ChemE) aims to develop a new generation of sustainable, wood-derived materials for a wide range of everyday applications, including food packaging and bio-based adhesives for building construction. To do so, the team is looking in some unlikely places, from rotting logs to the stomachs of moose and beavers.

"When it comes to finding sustainable sources of materials and chemicals, I can't think of a better source than plants," says Master.

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Source: University of Toronto

 

 
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