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Coimbatore conference on Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Plant Biomass

The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Plant Biomass – Bioproducts, Biocatalysts, and Biorefinery (SUTB4) will be hosted by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in Coimbatore, India, 17 – 18 November 2016.
Tropical Plant Biomass conference

The conference organised in association with Lund University; the SASNET Fermented Foods reserach network; the Indian Biomass Association (IBA); the Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC); and Sustainable Kerala Net.
The conference is chaired by Professor Emeritus Baboo Nair, Food for Health Science Centre, Lund University, and the scientific committee also includes Professor Richard Öste from the same Lund University Centre; Dr. Jörgen Holm, Glucanova AB, Lund;  Professor Sagarika Ekanayake from Jayawardenapura University, Sri Lanka; Professor S Achuthsankar Nair, Kerala University; Dr. J B Prajapati, Anand Agricultural University – current SASNET-Fermented Foods CEO; and many other South Asian researchers in the field.
Energy is a critical input in sustainable growth and development of both developed and developing countries. Fastest depletion of fossil fuels, ever increasing crude oil prices, burgeoning population growth, increased concern over drastic climate change and consequent global warming, has forced nations to shift from fossil fuels to renewable alternative sustainable energy resources to solve the aforementioned problems. In this context, Biomass (including agronomic residues, forestry and paper mill discards, the paper potion of municipal waste, and dedicated energy crops), are the cheapest among the candidates to be considered as an energy source. Moreover, biomass resources are locally available in plenty, requires less capital investments for conversion, reduces green house gas emissions, create employment opportunities in rural areas, helps to solve the disposal problem, any ventures in developing and refining the technology for cost effective production of transport fuel, chemicals from biomass becomes highly essential. 
Deadline for the registration to the conference is 14 October 2016. Full information.

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