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Department name-change reflects new movement in forestry

A department at Mississippi State University is changes its name as it changes with the times.

MSU says its Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

Department head Rubin Shmulsky said over the last few decades, the forestry industry has evolved to include both wood and other bioproducts, including agricultural residues, natural fibers and adhesives. He said the name change reflects the focus on renewable, sustainable products that are already part of the Mississippi State University program.

The university says the department currently offers only graduate degrees. However, faculty and administrators are developing a new sustainable bioproducts undergraduate curriculum.


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