Researchers say that their product is not only durable, performing equally well as those manufactured today, but it can be made through a process that is very similar to what manufacturers are already using. It has been successfully demonstrated in oriented strand board, particleboard, plywood and molded products.
The prototype product is good for the environment, according to James Wescott, chief operations and technical officer at Heartland, because it contains less petroleum and maximizes the use of soy, which is grown and harvested primarily for its oil. The glue is made up of the flour, or soy meal, that remains after the oil is extracted, and that product is currently used mostly as animal feed.
Heartland projects it will be using as much as one million bushels of soybeans annually for soy adhesives by their fifth year of production.
The research on the soy glue was conducted under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).
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