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Public seminar to help understand biofuel feedstock plant


Monday, 16 Feb 2015

Professor WrattenCharles Sturt University (CSU) will host a public seminar on Wednesday 18 February which will focus on new generation biofuel crops.

Unlike earlier generation biofuel crops such as corn or oilseeds that are better used for human consumption, new generation biofuel crops can be grown in harsher environments and provide higher yields of biofuels.

Professor Stephen Wratten from Lincoln University, New Zealand will present the seminar at 1pm on the Orange campus. He will profile one crop (giant miscanthus grass) that can produce 30 tonnes of dry matter per hectare; enough to make about 9000 litres of renewable diesel for approximately $1.10 per litre. The grass also provides other benefits such as fodder and windbreak.

Professor Wratten is a world-renowned researcher in the biological control of pests based on citation rates, holds three doctorates and professorships, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.The Seminar will be held in the conference room of the Orange campus, Leeds Parade, Orange at 1pm on Wednesday 18 February. No RSVP is necessary.

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