Automobiles with bumpers and running boards made from composites of agricultural crops such as corn and wheat are closer to hitting the open road. A team of researchers - including two from the University of Guelph - has received $620,000 to create "green" car parts from biofibres and bioplastics.
Funding for the project, which is co-led by Guelph plant agriculture professor Amar Mohanty and Mohini Sain from the University of Toronto, comes from AUTO21, part of the national Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. The U of G project is one of 20 nationwide that will benefit from a new $10-million investment announced today. The support includes money from Auto 21, plus external funding from industry partners.