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Using Soybeans to Replace Synthetic Adhesives for Wood Bonding
Snapshot: Soybeans were used to glue the first plywood but were replaced by fossil-fuel-based adhesives after World War II. Scientists at the Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory have helped soy adhesives return to plywood and are helping to find more applications for this biobased glue by trying to understand the fundamentals of how soy protein sticks to wood.
Researchers are studying soy-based adhesives for wood products. Steve Schmeiding, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.