WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Two teams of Purdue University students have won top prizes for crop innovation for creating fiber insulation from soybeans and fireworks casing from corn.
Purdue's student soybean and corn innovation contests challenge students to come up with creative uses for the crops.
Both teams received a $20,000 prize Wednesday for their work.
One team produced Nature Loft, a soy protein fiber insulation that can be used in bedding, apparel and other products. Another team created Sky Maize, a biodegradable fireworks casing that is lighter and less expensive than products currently on the market.
Second-place teams created water-soluble eyelid glue from soybeans and an anti-fog glass-cleansing solution from corn.