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Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will test corn cobs and corn stover ash (leftover husks and stalks after harvesting corn) to see if it can improve the durability of concrete used in construction. This may help solve concrete deterioration that occurs when using chloride-based substances in current structures, substances commonly used to de-ice roads. Corn is also a sustainable natural resource that is available in abundance. Ancient building techniques are cited as a promising indication in the possibility of using natural resources to improve concrete.

The research should conclude in the spring of next year and will have enough data to determine if using corn ash will be a viable substitute for the industrial materials currently used in concrete.

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