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Monday, July 25, 2017 Franziska Eller Seminar - Bad reeds grow tall – Potential utilization of invasive reed biomass for bioenergy purposes”
Franziska Eller,a collaborator of Tom Mozdzer's from Denmark, works in the Hans Brix group. She will be giving a seminar at 4 pm, Monday July 25 at Bryn Mawr College in Park 229. This seminar is open to all, and please share this announcement with anyone that may be interested. Please RSVP to Tom Mozdzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Franziska’s talk “Bad reeds grow tall – Potential utilization of invasive reed biomass for bioenergy purposes” will focus on paludiculture – the wet cultivation of marshland, a novel practice in Europe used to preserve peatland formerly drained for agricultural purposes. In Europe, the concept of paludiculture (e.g. the cultivation of marshlands) is gaining attention as a sustainable alternative to conventional bioenergy crops such as sugar cane or maize. In marsh-cultivation, the above ground biomass of perennial grasses are sustainably harvested and utilized for several purposes, without affecting the belowground resources allowing for natural reestablishment and continued annual harvest without human intervention. Paludiculture offers a potential solution for a climate-friendly energy supply (e.g. insulation material, thatching, biogas production, pellets for biocombustion, etc). Her project will help to identify alternate bioenergy plants (other than agricultural crops) to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels globally, and her trip to the USA is aimed at sampling North American introduced Phragmites australis.
Looking for a Summer Environmentally Focused Internship?
The Environmental Studies Program has funding to offer Green Grants for environmentally focused work. To learn more about these and other funding for internships, visit the LILAC Summer Internship Funding page.
You can also click on the Job Opportunity link on the Sidebar to be directed to LanternLink where you can find many environmentally focused internships. One example of what you might find there is the opportunity to work for IMPACT, a project of Environment America and U.S. PIRG. IMPACT is currently looking for summer interns to organize around a variety of issues.