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Bioenery experts flock to Madison for Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit Oct. 6

Leading bioenergy experts will be in Madison this week to join researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at the Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit Thursday, Oct. 6.

Please contact Falicia Hines to request press credentials or to schedule interviews with these experts:

– Claudio Gratton and Tim Meehan, UW-Madison entomologists, are authors of a recent GLBRC study that concluded that agricultural landscape simplification is associated with increased crop pest abundance and insecticide use, consequences that could be tempered by perennial bioenergy crops. Effects of bioenergy crops on biodiversity experts.

– Lee Edwards, president and chief executive officer of Virent Energy Systems, a Madison-based company that aims to replace crude oil with chemicals and fuels created from a wide range of naturally occurring, renewable resources. Biofuels and bioproducts expert.

– James Wegrzyn, senior physicist in the sustainable energy department at Brookhaven National Laboratory, one of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Energy storage expert.

– David Jones, chief business officer at MBI International, a subsidiary of Michigan State University Foundation that develops and commercializes sustainable bio-based technologies. Technology marketing, sales, licensing and corporate alliances expert.

– Jim Wynn, director of bio-based technology de-risking at MBI International. Emerging technologies expert.

To view the full summit schedule, visit