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The multi-disciplinary research staff at NCAUR focuses on metabolic engineering, fermentation, food safety, environmental quality, biomaterials and processing technologies. 

Hundreds of commercial products have been developed from the results of more than 60 years of research, with economic benefits that defy measure.  The investments made in basic and applied research programs generate new products and technology from US agricultural commodities, contribute to the public good and continually improve our quality of life.

After reviewing and recognizing the impact of some historic accomplishments at this laboratory, you'll see how the work of NCAUR scientists in the past helped create the future we live today.

Once you've glimpsed the potential of some current projects, you'll see how the visionary work of NCAUR scientists today is impacting the future we will live tomorrow.

This is NCAUR.  Where the future is created.              

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Welcome to NCAUR  

At the NCAUR pilot plant in Peoria, Illinois, chemists Terry Isbell (left) and Steve Cermak prepare meadowfoam derivatives for use in hair conditioners.                                                  

Teachers at the Lab Bench
August 4, 2009


New Bacterial Species Named after ARS Scientist
Robinsoniella peoriensis is the name of a new bacterial species discovered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and cooperating scientists...


Milk Weed:  From Floss to Fun in the Sun
Milkweed oil has potential use in sunscreens because it can protect skin from two types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation....


Multiplying Metarhizium
ARS scientists have developed a method for producing microsclerotia of Metarhizium anisopliae, a fungus that may help combat the sugarbeet root maggot and other soil-dwelling pests.....                                                                                                   


Unit Descriptions
Bioproducts and Biocatalysis (BBC)
Cereal Products and Food Science (CPF)
Crop Bioprotection Research (CBP)
Fermentation Biotechnology Research (FBT)
Food and Industrial Oil Research (FIO)
Microbial Genomics and Bioprocessing Research (MGB)
Mycotoxin Research (MTX)
New Crops and Processing Technology Research (NCP)
Plant Polymer Research (PPL)
Last Modified: 07/06/2009
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