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Published September 22, 2011, 12:00 AM

Dean Webster, T.J. Nelson and Xiao Pan

Dean Webster, center, shown with North Dakota State University graduate students T.J. Nelson, left, and Xiao Pan, right, are working on new coatings derived from a sugar beet base and oils from soybeans and other important North Dakota crops. If all goes well, the new bio-material coatings could reach market in a few years. Photos by Dan Koeck, NDSU / Special to The Forum
Read the article: Crops to play role in coatings