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Fundamental research leads to unexpected byproduct

Fundamental research into the chemistry of flax by University of Saskatchewan plant scientist Martin Reaney has led to a new patented technology and an unexpected byproduct — a flax-based artist quality oil that does not cause yellowing over time, dries quickly, and has significantly reduced odour.

A start-up company, Prairie Tide Chemicals Inc. (PTC), has spun off from Reaney’s research, and now Saskatoon firm Hues Art Supply is making, bottling and selling the latest product — flaxseed oil for artists’ paint derived from Saskatchewan-grown flax plants. For the full story, click here

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