In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness week Dr. Jacob Barney will discuss the economic and environmental pros and cons of incentivizing fast growing invasive plants as biofuel feedstocks. Barney is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science at Virginia Tech. He is the featured speaker for the National C-FAR’s Lunch-N-Learn hill research seminar today (Thursday). Barney says we need to be careful when selecting and growing bioenergy crops to avoid the unintended consequence of exacerbating our nation’s serious invasive species challenges. Chuck Conner – President of the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (National C-FAR) – says the presentation provides an excellent example of the value of federally funded food and agricultural research, extension and education in producing the scientific outcomes and outreach needed to meet 21st century challenges and opportunities.
Seminar presentations are available online.
Source: NAFB News Service