Wheat for Biofuels, Bioenergy and High Value Bioproducts conference papers

This item first appeared in 2008

Bracknell, 29 April 2008

The UK is a world leader in growing wheat and also in the science and technology which have underpinned this success. This one day conference focused on wheat as a feedstock for biorefineries to produce transport fuel, energy, and high value molecules and materials from grain and straw. Current projects, progress and challenges were discussed by speakers from leading academic and industrial organisations.

Papers covering biochemical and physiological targets, genomics, breeding and field evaluation addressed if and how wheat can meet the UK's demand for biomass feedstock. Alternative feedstocks were also be considered where work is more advanced than on wheat. R&D funding and the development of biorefineries and supply chains were also covered.

    Morning session chair: Dr Mike Bushell, Syngenta
    Chairman’s introduction
  Building a world class bioethanol facility in the UK (pdf 800 Kb)
Mr John Pinkney, Ensus
  Developing supply chains from wheat as a feedstock (pdf 1.6Mb)
Dr Adrian Higson & Dr John Williams, National Non-Food Crops Centre
  Towards a wheat straw-based biorefinery (pdf 1.6Mb)
Dr Fabien Deswarte, University of York
    Bioenergy from trees and grasses: what contribution will they make?
Dr Angela Karp, Rothamsted Research
    Afternoon session chair: Dr Alan Baylis, Nuvistix
  BBSRC and biofuels - a strategy for a sustainable future
Dr Alf Game, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  Manipulating wheat grain development and composition for novel and traditional end uses
Prof. Peter Shewry, Rothamsted Research
    Factors influencing yield and biofuel production from straw in wheat from a crop physiology perspective
Dr John Foulkes, University of Nottingham
  Genomics, re-synthesis and pre-breeding for wheat improvement
Prof. Andy Greenland, NIAB
  Wheat pharming: current perspectives
Prof. Jim Dunwell, University of Reading
  Feedstocks and technlogies for first and second generation biofuels (pdf 1.2Mb)
Bruce Link, Syngenta

Organising Committee and Sponsorship
The conference was organised by Dr Alan Baylis, Dr David Evans and Dr Len Copping of the SCI BioResources Group with generous sponsorship from Syngenta and supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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