Agricultural biomass in the spotlight

Using agricultural biomass to create fuels, chemicals, and materials will be in the spotlight at an upcoming conference in Edmonton promoting innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while advancing the bio-industrial sector.

While many of the speakers are from the energy sector, there will be several presentations with an agricultural focus.

A trio of professors from the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta are among the presenters.

David Bressler, an expert on converting biomass into higher-value materials, is a part of a panel on speeding up adoption of innovative technologies. Cameron Carlyle, whose research focuses on ecosystem goods and services in rangelands, will be part of a panel discussion on technologies to measure or enhance sustainable practices.

And Vic Adamowicz, vice-dean of the faculty, will moderate a discussion on gaining public acceptance of new technologies. That panel includes Doug Beever, senior director of sustainability for Agrium. Saint Mary’s University Professor Kevin Vessey, an expert on biofuel feedstocks, will also speak at the Nov. 7-8 event at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre.

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