Source: William DeKay,, December 31, 2018 

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan test treated barley straw to absorb chemical pollutants from waterways

It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Where some see waste moving out the back end of combines, Catherine Hui Niu sees great opportunity.

“Can we explore new use of those materials? Can we make better use, discover new technology to reuse those materials, recycle them, or add value to them?” asked Niu, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

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