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Plant and animal products in agriculture have long been used primarily for food and feed. The terms "bioeconomy" and "industrial uses" refer to the incorporation of renewable biomass resources — in whole or in part — into non-food and non-feed manufactured products, or energy systems. Often biomass is used to replace petrochemicals, with the benefit of making production more environmentally sustainable. This research theme focuses on three major product categories: biomaterials (e.g., textiles, carpets and panels), biochemicals (e.g., lubricants, sealants and oil), and bioenergy (e.g., ethanol, methanol and biodiesel). All of these involve the use of agriculturally derived biomass to reduce dependency on petroleum-based materials.

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