Forest Biomass Innovation Center to host Aug. 21 field day
posted on August 8, 2012 9:22am
EAST LANSING, Mich.—The potential for Michigan to produce renewable energy from unused wood (biomass) is substantial, and the understanding about how to capitalize on this potential in economically, environmentally and socially sustainable ways is increasing. On Aug. 21, the Michigan State University (MSU) Forest Biomass Innovation Center (FBIC) will bring visitors up to date on the latest research in this field at its woody biomass field day.
The event includes walking tours of the center’s various woody biomass studies and presentations from AgBioResearch director Steve Pueppke; FBIC director Ray Miller; biosystems and agricultural engineering chairperson Ajit Srivastava; forestry chairperson Richard Kobe; AgBioResearch scientist and forestry associate professor David Rothstein; and AgBioResearch scientist and horticulture professor Dan Keathley.
The event begins at 1 p.m. with presentations on the center’s research. Walking tours will begin immediately after the presentations and will continue until about 5 p.m., rain or shine.
Located at 6005 J Rd., Escanaba, Mich., the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center is a leader in efforts to increase the sustainable use of trees and logging residues (woody biomass) in Michigan’s expanding bioeconomy. Scientists at the center also conduct research on forest genetics, silviculture and forested wetland management.