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Apr 28, 2012

UK and Vietnam Researchers Aim To Turn Rice Straw into Biofuels

UK-Vietnam Workshop on Biofuels, Hanoi, Vietnam
Photo: IFR
On 19 April 2012 scientists from the United Kingdom participated in a workshop on biofuels in Vietnam that explored the potential of using waste materials from rice to produce biofuels.  Vietnam is major producer of rice and interested in converting waste rice straw into alternative energy.

The workshop was sponsored by the British Embassy in Hanoi and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  As follow up to the conference, six Vietnamese early career researchers will visit universities and institutes in the United Kingdom that are working on second generation biofuels.  The Institute of Food Research, which is funded by the BBSRC will "host two of the early career researchers, who will among other things be able to use the new Steam Explosion Unit, opened last year, and help to develop approaches for turning waste materials from agriculture into biofuels."

The IFC was established in 1986. It "provides underpinning science for government and the food manufacturing industry." It has strategic relationships with other BBSRC institutes, the University of East Anglia and Imperial College, London.

For more see:

"UK and Vietnam Turns Agricultural Waste Into Biofuels," CropBiotech News, 27 April 2012.

"UK-Vietnam Workshop on Biofuels," Institute of Food Research, 19 April 2012.

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