chemurgy

chemurgy kĕm´ərjē [key], branch of applied chemistry concerned with preparing industrial products from agricultural raw materials. Among such products are plastics manufactured from casein and soybean soaps derived from animal and vegetable fats cellulose fiber products made from, for example, straws, stubble, cobs, and hulls and starches derived from surplus grains. Chemurgy is a wide-ranging discipline involving chemistry, genetics, bacteriology, and physics.

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