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Mussels gave prof, Kaichang Li, idea for wood adhesive that is revolutionizing the wood manufacturing industry and will mean cleaner air indoors and out.

May 21, 2005 View for printing

It's a new adhesive that's a safe replacement for chemical glues in plywood, particleboard and other manufactured wood that leak noxious formaldehyde fumes into homes. It's so simple and inexpensive that Li, an assistant professor at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, can whip it up from soy flour in a kitchen mixer on his laboratory counter.

The tenacious foothold of mussels in the ocean surf inspired the new glue, and its commercial potential could extend to almost every new home and building. OSU patented the adhesive in the United States and other countries, and is licensing it to companies.

By MICHAEL MILSTEIN The Oregonian

Full Story: http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2005/05/21/build/business/25-adhesive.inc
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