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Field of Study: Non-Food Crops

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Agricultural crops are traditionally grown to supply food and animal feed markets but increasingly plants are providing raw materials for use in applications such as lubricants, surfactants, solvents, car parts and high value products for the health care and beauty industries. These market driven applications are providing new outlets for some of the UK's traditional agricultural crops, opening up market opportunities for by-products and even introducing novel or alternative crops. These developments are largely being driven by environmental concerns and government targets for sustainable development.

• Bioenergy
• Fibres research
• Non-Food uses of agricultural products
• Non-food uses of crops - supply chain
• Renewable industrial materials
• STOP Crop Protection
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