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York-Sichuan link to study biodiesel production

05.01.2007
Biologists at the University of York have established new research links with Chinese scientists to investigate biodiesel – a cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum.

Professor Ian Graham led a delegation of scientists from the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) at York to Sichuan University in China. The trip was funded by the British Consulate-General Office in Chongqing as part of the UK-China Partners in Science Programme.

Tim Summers, British Consul-General for Chongqing, said: “Renewable energy is one of the agreed priority areas for future co-operation between the two countries, and we hope this visit to Chengdu will be the first of many by Professor Graham and his colleagues.”

The CNAP scientists participated in a workshop arranged to explore production of biodiesel from the bush Jatropha curcas -- a tree that grows in the tropics and produces oil-rich seeds that can be used to make biofuel. The York delegation included Professor Simon McQueen-Mason, Dr Yi Li, Dr Tony Larson and Dr Andrew King.

Professor Graham said: “We have successfully established collaborative links with Sichuan University, specifically focussing on biodiesel. CNAP’s outstanding expertise in the whole biorenewables area is further enhanced by such partnerships.”

While in China, Professor Graham and Professor McQueen-Mason were awarded Guest Professorships from Sichuan University. Professor McQueen-Mason said: “We are greatly honoured by the award and very excited by the opportunity of interacting with Chinese scientists in this very important area.”

David Garner | alfa
Further information:
http://www.york.ac.uk
http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/presspr/pressreleases/yorksichuanbio.htm

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