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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Biobased and Other Animal Co-Products Research Unit

Cheng-Kung (C.-K.) Liu, Research Leader
Lisa White, Program Support Assistant
Voice:  (215) 233-6585
Fax:  (215) 233-6795

Using chemical and biotechnological principles, environmentally-friendly methods are developed to increase the value and use of domestic fats and oils, hides, wool, and other animal co-products. Research is conducted on the following: • Hides and leather research is to support the environmentally sound utilization of the most valuable co-product of the meatpacking industry and its conversion into leather and other valuable products. • Wool research is to open new markets for the co-product of the lamb and mutton industry by developing improved textiles and by converting wool protein into new biobased products. • Rendered products research is to develop non-feed applications for meat and bone meal and related products; • Biosurfactants and biopolymers research is to add value to animal fats, plant oils and co-processing products by developing commercially viable, environmentally friendly microbial bioproducts and derivatives.

Last Modified: 8/16/2016
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