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Ag Students Travel Abroad to Study European Bioenergy Crops

Sixteen undergraduate and graduate students, led by Plant Sciences associate professor Dr. Marisol Berti and Biosystems Engineering associate professor Dr. Scott Pryor, are traveling abroad June 22 to July 7 to study bioenergy crop production and processing in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Ag Students Travel Abroad to Study European Bioenergy Crops

Bioenergy students at Sonnenerde biochar production plant in Austria

Hoping that students will become ambassadors for new ways to use bioenergy in the U.S., Plant Sciences associate professor Dr. Marisol Berti is leading her first study abroad course in Austria, Germany and Italy.  The group of 8 undergraduate and 8 graduate NDSU students who are seeking degrees in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agribusiness, Crop and Weed Sciences and Animal Science will combine class time and bioenergy research site tours with tourist activities June 22 to July 7.

Key research facility visits in Austria will include the European Center for Renewable Energy http://www.eee-info.net/cms/EN/ in Güssing, the Sonnenerde Biochar Production facility in Rieldlingsdorf and the University of Hohenheim Bioenergy Center and Experiment Station https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/English.   A week of classes will be held at the University of Bologna in Italy http://www.eng.unibo.it/PortaleEn/default.htm.

Berti has worked with Gerald Marinitsch of the European Center for Renewable Energy, Dr. Iris Lewandowsky at the University of Hohenheim and Dr. Andrea Monti at the University of Bologna, among others, to plan the tour and class.  She is assisted by NDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Associate Professor, Dr. Scott Pryor.  Pryor presented a pre-travel seminar to the students in June.

The course is worth 4 credits to the students. Dr. Berti will provide course updates on the NDSU College of Ag Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NDSUAg while traveling.

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences - June 25, 2013
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, (701) 231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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