URBANA, Ill. – As part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellowship Program, the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) is hosting eight agricultural professionals from Ecuador for two weeks of training focused on the U.S. biofuel industry.
“The progress and innovations in the U.S. biofuel industry can be applied to the sugarcane-based biofuel industry that is prevalent in South America and Ecuador,” explained Vijay Singh, Director of the IBRL and Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
IBRL has coordinated an intensive program for the Fellows that highlights the advancements within the U.S. biofuel industry, which is built on corn-based ethanol, and the work currently being done to improve sugarcane as an energy crop.
After a week in Champaign-Urbana, the Fellows will travel with IBRL representatives to Chicago and Washington D.C. to meet with representatives from several agencies including the USDA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
“IBRL is becoming a hub for bioprocessing innovation and commercialization, so it is fitting for our team to help other regions expand their own bioprocessing capabilities. We are excited at the prospect of being integral to the international biofuel community,” added Singh.
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) has previously hosted Cochran Fellows from Rwanda for training on in-vitro fertilization techniques to improve dairy production.
Source: Vijay Singh, 217-333-9510, firstname.lastname@example.org
News writer: Leslie Myrick, 217-244-5373, email@example.com
Date: Apr. 17, 2018
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