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Plant Sciences Faculty Attend Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops Meeting

Three NDSU Plant Sciences faculty members attended the 25th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) in Washington, DC, in October.
Plant Sciences Faculty Attend Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops Meeting

Marisol Berti (left) and Burton Johnson at the AAIC meeting.

Three NDSU Plant Sciences faculty members attended the 25th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) in Washington, DC, October 12-17. Dr. Marisol Berti, associate professor, forages & biomass crop production, is on the AAIC board and serves as General Crops and Products division chair.  She compiled and edited the meeting abstracts book and program. Dr. Burton Johnson, professor, sunflower, minor and new crop production, served as president of AAIC in 2011 and participated in this meeting as a board member, in the absence of the past president. Dr. Mukhlesur Rahman, assistant professor, canola breeding and genetics, also participated.

The title of the conference was “New Crops: Bioenergy, Biomaterials and Sustainability,” and was attended by 145 people representing more than 30 states, as well as Canada, Brazil, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Spain.  Policy and program updates, reports on regional approaches for bioenergy feedstocks, and new technologies designed to meet new challenges facing agriculture for bioenergy and biomaterials were among the topics discussed.  Oral talks and posters were presented in related categories.

Representatives of government agencies and projects scheduled to attend were prevented from doing so by the U.S. government partial shutdown.

Established in 1988, the AAIC is an international, nonprofit educational and scientific organization established to encourage and promote the activities of those involved in the production, processing, development, and commercialization of industrial crops and products derived from industrial crops. The five divisions of the organization – General Crops and Products; Fiber and Cellulosic Crops; Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants; Natural Rubber and Resins; and Oilseeds – currently serve the interests of members in seven countries.

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