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AURI Facility Profile: Biobased Focus Area


Biobased products enable the transition from traditional petroleum-based materials to agricultural resources in the production of plastics, films, building materials and chemicals. AURI supports clients through hands on technical assistance in the form of sample analysis in the AURI analytical laboratory, byproduct development in its pilot facility, and by working directly on site with clients to trouble shoot and brainstorm specific topic areas.

The AURI Biobased Team, comprised of scientists and staff throughout Minnesota, takes advantage of the resources and expertise within all its facilities. One of their greatest strengths is the recognized integrity of AURI staff to work on critically important projects for clients on a confidential basis. AURI staff are routinely involved in projects, which support intellectual property, trade secrets and other proprietary business information. The number and diversity of these activities is a testament to the integrity and capability of the project teams.

The AURI Biobased Focus Area continues to make important contributions to biobased product development which is an ever-expanding portion of the Minnesota agricultural economy.

Swheat Scoop: 
Wheat-based cat litter

Swheat Scoop, is a renewably-sourced wheat-based cat litter, initially made by Pet Care Systems-now part of Farmers Union Industries. AURI has been instrumental in product development, and working on the processes that impact the efficacy of the product, while focusing on quality control to help make the product more consistent.

REPLAY: Biobased Road Preservation

This soy-based sealant permeates pavement surfaces and serves to protect roadways from deterioration, maintains skid resistance for vehicles, reverses the oxidation process, and protects asphalt from potholing, edge rutting and cracking. To encourage the awareness and potential adoption of the sealants, AURI in cooperation with partners disseminated technical information directly to key decision-makers who could bring this technology to cities, municipalities, parks and commercial properties throughout Minnesota.