Interest grows in plant-based auto parts based on University of Guelph research

GUELPH — With many vehicle interior parts made of petroleum-based plastics, the search is on for viable alternatives from agricultural byproducts like certain grasses.

"The automotive industry is very, very interested to have bio-based materials," University of Guelph plant agriculture professor Amar Mohanty said Saturday. He's director of the campus's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, which scored another coup recently.

IP monitor - I Went Public with my Invention – Can I Still Get a Patent?

What's new at the Catalyst Centre

 April 2015Author: A. Sasha Mandy

According to the Canadian Patent Act, to be granted a patent, an invention must not have been “available to the public” before the patent application was filed with the Canadian Patent Office. This is known as “novelty”. However, every rule has its exceptions.

No seeds mean no plants in a hungry world

Dec 2, 2013

By Owen Roberts

Farming slogans make superb rallying points.

A mainstay is the highly successful "Farmers feed cities," with its instantly identifiable black and yellow signage. Lately, I've seen "I farm, you eat," more of a personal message, as well as "No farms, no food," in response to urban sprawl.

But how about "No seeds, no plants"?

Startup Weekend lands in Guelph August 15th!

Startup Weekend lands in Guelph August 15th! If you're not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Guelph and launch your next startup! For more information and to register for the event visit: 

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