NEWS - 26th New Phytologist Symposium: Bioenergy trees 17-19 May 2011 INRA - Nancy, France


News post-symposium:


The Bioenergy Trees symposium sponsored by New Phytologist, ENERGYPOPLAR and INRA has been a great success !


A number of updates are now available on the symposium website, including:

· Photos from the Symposium

· Podcast interviews with the Poster Prize Winners and copies of the winning posters

· Podcast interviews with lead organiser, Francis Martin, and Poster Prize Judge, Steve Strauss

· Feature article giving an overview of 2nd generation biofuels and the contribution of the Symposium to this research.


Symposium website:


Internet release:



Scope of the Symposium

With the increasing demand for energy and rising petrol-based fuel costs, the development of renewable liquid biofuels derived from cellulosic biomass is a strategic priority for the European Union, USA and Canada. Liquid biofuels offer an important alternative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to assist rural and agricultural development. In their bid to boost the share of biofuels in transport fuel to 10% by 2020, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Energy awarded >100 million € to a series of research projects dedicated to 2nd generation bioenergy feedstocks.

Trees are attractive energy crops since they thrive in a wide range of habitats and can be grown on marginal lands not suitable for agricultural crops, with reduced input costs and optimised land management. The ultimate goal of the projects that have begun over the last 23 years is to develop poplars, pines and eucalypts as second generation bioenergy crops, suitable for large-scale deployment in areas unlikely to be used for food agricultural production. These genomics-driven projects integrate ambitious systems biology approaches to optimise the amount, composition, and structure of cell walls for biofuel production and to develop novel tree genotypes with enhanced growth traits under low-input environments.

The 26th NPS will provide a platform for brainstorming and discussions of the most recent systems biology applications aiming to deliver tailored sustainable tree lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol.

Symposium format

The symposium will take place over three days at INRA-Nancy, France. Nineteen invited speakers will form the basis of discussion at what will be a relatively small meeting (up to 120 participants).Following each talk there will be 10 minutes for questions. In this way we hope to provide a lively forum for exchanging ideas and discussion new approaches. There will be a poster session on Tuesday evening and a conference dinner on the Wednesday evening.













































































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