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Researchers put cornstarch to use fighting pests

Add yet another use for cornstarch to the list, which already includes thickening soups and gravies, making adhesives, soothing skin and removing stains.  Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Peoria, Illinois, are now using the versatile commodity to make products that can fight insect pests, prevent disease and decay and impart water resistance to surfaces. Underpinning that effort is the team's use of patented procedures for converting cornstarch into a new class of material known as amylose inclusion complex (AIC)—an advance aimed at increasing the commodity's value even more.  Read more....



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