BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A $1 million grant was awarded to the LSU Ag Center for bioproducts and bioprocessing research equipment.

The grant awarded by the Louisiana Board of Regents will allow researchers to access 12 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment to support engineering and chemistry, according to LSU Ag Center.

“Louisiana has a lot of biofiber resources,” AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources Qinglin Wu said. “The wood products industry is one of the largest industries in the state, and the agricultural industry produces a lot of fibers such as sugarcane fibers.”

The LSU Ag Center said the team in the Louisiana Institute for Bioproducts and Bioprocessing (LIBBi) aims to create sustainable products while adding value to forestry and agriculture.

“We are looking at more sustainable ways to replace some single-use plastics with these bioproducts, or we can use these sustainable nanofibers to build new batteries to advance energy storage materials,” Wu said.