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Critical Materials Institute, ASTM Team Up to Develop Materials Standards

ASTM International and the Critical Materials Institute have entered into a memorandum of understanding and member agreement that the organizations say will pave the way for the ongoing development of critical materials standards across a realm of industry areas. The MOU is intended to benefit members of both ASTM and … Read more »

DuPont, Universities Target Sustainable Crop Yields

DuPont Pioneer is collaborating with eight Midwestern universities through their respective soil nutrition management experts to help growers more sustainably maximize crop yields. The universities involved are Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois-Urbana, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, the University … Read more »

Bioplastic ‘Could Cut 50M Tons of E-Waste’

Italian company Bio-on has released a bioplastics polymer that is 100 percent biodegradable in water and soil and can be used as a substrate for electrical circuits. When combined with suitable nanofillers, the polymer can act as an electricity conductor, the company says. Bio-on hopes that the product could help … Read more »

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Monsanto, Bayer, Sygenta Fund Bee Research

Monsanto, Bayer and Sygenta are among the agrichemical companies funding honeybee research in the US as scientists investigate pesticides as a potential cause of honeybee decline, Reuters reports. Bayer and Syngenta, which produce neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline, are helping fund research at Iowa State University … Read more »