Lightweight, biodegradable containers for taking home your fast-food meal or leftovers from your restaurant dinner can be made with wheat starch, ARS scientists have shown. So, too, can cups, bowls and plates. Here's the plus: Because they're biodegradable, all of these foodservice items offer a more environmentally friendly option than today's petroleum-based, polystyrene foam products.

The research is described in the September issue of Agricultural Research magazine, available online at: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/sep04/wheat0904.htm