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Plant Sciences Faculty Participate in European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

Marisol Berti and Russell Gesch participated in the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their poster won the Best Visual Presentation award in the Biomass Feedstock, Residues and By-products poster session.
Plant Sciences Faculty Participate in European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

Russel Gesch (left) and Marisol Berti at European Biomass Conference with winning poster.

Marisol Berti, associate professor in Plant Sciences, and Russell Gesch, USDA-ARS research plant physiologist and adjunct professor in Plant Sciences, attended the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 3-7, 2013. The title of the conference was “Setting the Course for a Biobased Economy.” 

Berti and Gesch were invited panelists in the discussion workshop, “Can EU agriculture feed both the energy and bio-based industries of the future in a sustainable way?”   Berti also served as chair of the “Managing Perennial Grasses: Long-term International Experiences” session during the conference.  Additionally, Berti’s abstract, titled “Forage Sorghum: An Excellent Feedstock for Second Generation Biofuels in the North Central Region of the USA,” was selected for oral presentation in the “Long-term International Experiences” session.

Gesch’s and Berti’s poster, titled “Double- and Relay-cropping Oilseed and Biomass Crops for Sustainable Energy Production,” won the Best Visual Presentation award in the Biomass Feedstock, Residues and By-products poster session.  The poster was based on results of Berti’s Sungrant Initiative project, “Double- and relay- cropping systems for oil and biomass feedstock production in North Central region” and Ph.D. research by Plant Sciences graduate student Alfredo Aponte.  Other poster collaborators include Burton Johnson, professor in Plant Sciences; Yun Ji,assistant professor in Chemical Engineering at UND; Wayne Seames, professor in Chemical Engineering at UND; and David Archer, USDA-ARS research agricultural scientist.

According to the conference website, “The EU BC&E covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, to network, and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations.  It provides a high-level scientific program and parallel events which attract participants from a wide ranging background.  More than 1800 attendees from 66 countries discussed the status and the future of biomass for energy, materials and further bioeconomy applications in 360 keynote, plenary, oral and 400 visual presentations.”

Berti and Gesch on workshop panel    Berti chair of session    Berti oral presentation    Photo by European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences - June 11, 2013
Source: Marisol Berti, marisol.berti@ndsu.edu
Source: http://www.conference-biomass.com/

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