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EPSO @ESOF 2008 - the Heat is on. Are crops and algae our future source of energy?

On 21 July 2008, EPSO organised a session at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2008) in Barcelona, Spain.

The session was chaired by Karin Metzlaff, Executive Director of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and Chiara Tonelli, Department of Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology, University of Milan, Italy.

Plants and plant science can play an important role in providing bio-based energy supplies. Interest in plants as a source of biofuels has lead to considerable debate on which plants will be most suitable as energy crops, and which process technologies will need to be developed to use plant-based raw materials for biofuel generation. Significant opportunities to produce large quantities of biofuels exist in many regions of the world. However, suitable species are undomesticated. There are many examples of marine algae with massive oil content that might be of interest in developing alternative biofuel sources with the additional benefit that they will not consume agricultural land.


For a PPT version of these talks, please contact the speakers.

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