UGA, Mexican universities partner to research biofuels productio
March 8, 2008 by Manure Manager
The University of Georgia and
Mexico’s livestock industry have formed a new research partnership to
share expertise in generating fuels from waste materials.
The University of Georgia and Mexico’s livestock industry have formed a new research partnership to share expertise in generating fuels from waste materials. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the partnership will initiate training, internships and exchanges between UGA and a wide array of academics and professionals in Mexico.
The program is designed to provide Mexico’s agricultural professionals the skills needed to analyze and support sustainable management of resources at the interface of agriculture and the environment. UGA engineering professor K.C. Das, plus other faculty in UGA’s department of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will play a leading role.
The UGA partnership with the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro and the Ecogenics Center for Study of Alternative Solutions of Sevierville, Tenn., will sponsor a demand-driven, integrated and interdisciplinary program of training and technical support to the livestock industry in the Laguna region of Mexico. The program will provide scholarships for 18 students from Mexico and sponsor faculty exchanges of 12 Mexican faculty visiting the U.S. and 10 UGA faculty visiting Mexico over a two year period.
The program will target technology and business policy relating to integrated waste management that is cost-effective and will provide additional income through co-product generation from waste treatment. One aspect of the grant will integrate new innovations in animal waste treatment with the production of biofuels and bioenergy. In addition, the program will develop and analyze public policy, with a goal of regulatory regimes that improve productivity and competitiveness in the livestock sector.