MSU kenaf patents licensed to Texas company

By NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE — Kenaf (keh NAFF’), a fibrous plant that is similar to bamboo, is the subject of two Mississippi State University patents that have been licensed to a Texas manufacturer.

Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. plans to use kenaf to make pressed board.

In early January, the company licensed an MSU patent for the production of kenaf core board and an MSU patent for a machine that separates the kenaf material.

According to a university new release, researchers in Mississippi spent about 12 years studying kenaf fibers.

The results included three patents, a book on kenaf processing and properties, and genetic work that resulted in a new kenaf variety.