Amount: $40.1 million
Address critical deferred maintenance of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and incidental repairs.
A construction contract has been awarded for about $14.7 million to address critical deferred maintenance of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and incidental repairs.
Research at the National Agricultural Utilization Research Center
Work at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) focuses on inventing new uses for agricultural crops as both food and industrial products and to develop new technology to improve environmental quality and food safety. To do this, researchers call on cutting edge techniques such as metabolic engineering, fermentation, 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 continue to generate new products and technologies that contribute to the public good and continually improve our quality of life.
NCAUR is the most successful in transferring technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.
In 2001, NCAUR was designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark in recognition of its significant role in the development of mass production of penicillin. This research has saved countless lives and opened the era of antibiotics. It was just the first in a long line of global impacts to come from this laboratory.
Just a few of the many new products that have come from NCAUR:
NCAUR developed a new series of healthful food products that also expanded markets for U.S. cereal crops. One of them, Calorie-Trim, is an all-natural, fat replacer. Derived from whole oats and barley, C-Trim contains 20 to 50 percent beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that helps the body regulate blood sugar and lower bad cholesterol, diminishing the risk of heart disease. It can also mimic some of the appealing properties of fat and carbohydrates without overburdening the body with calories that contribute to diabetes and obesity.
SoyScreen, a biodegradable sunscreen derived from soybean oil, is on its way to becoming a new commercial product. SoyScreen contains ferulic acid, an antioxidant found in rice, oats, and other plants, that blocks the sun's rays, and is both non-polluting and won't wash off in water.
A new vegetable oil-based elevator hydraulic fluid for elevators is now being used in the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. This new biobased technology meets all industrial performance standards and has high fire resistance. It could replace the conventional mineral oil-based product, which has major flammability, environmental toxicity and disposal problems.
The mission of NCAUR is to:
NCAUR has nine units, each with its own focus:
Bioproducts and Biocatalysis
Cereal Products and Food Science Unit
Crop Bioprotection Research Unit
Fermentation Biotechnology Research Unit
Food & Industrial Oil Research Unit
Microbial Genomics and Bioprocessing Research Unit
Mycotoxin Research Unit
New Crops and Processing Technology Research Unit
Plant Polymer Research Unit
Project Photographs During Construction