SEI helps Vietnam consider rice as feedstock
Posted on 14 February 2012
SEI helps the University of York forge links with Vietnam into researching the feasibility of using rice straw as a biorefinery feedstock rather than being burnt outside in the paddy fields.
February 2012, Harry Vallack (SEI, York) travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam to attend
a kick-off meeting for a project entitled ‘Developing
a cereal straw bio-refinery using rice as a model and a feedstock’ co-organised by Simon McQueen-Mason (CNAP,
Department of Biology, University of York), funded by the UK/BBSRC and MOST/VN,
and hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science (VAAS).
Exchange up-to-date experience,
information and techniques for utilizing rice straw in Vietnam
Sort out the timing and work for the
placement of researchers from VAAS in the UK research groups.
gave a presentation on ‘The impacts of
open-burning of rice straw on human health, crop yields and climate change’
and facilitated a breakout session on the environmental/ socio-economic aspects
to be considered within the substantive project proposal.
The main outcome sof the meeting were:
signed Memorandum of Understanding on collaborative research and
development bio-fuels originated from cereal stra
developed project outlines of proposals on
R & D of biofuels originating from cereal straw for funding from MOST/
Vietnam and BBSRC/ UK, and
finalized the details for the initial
research funding that has been approved by BBSRC and MOST to allow Vietnamese
researchers to work with host groups in the UK on “Developing a cereal straw
biorefinery using rice as a model and a feedstock”
Notes to editors:
research links to work SEI has been carrying out on black carbon and
tropospheric ozone. In a recent UNEP/WMO report (http://www.unep.org/
) that SEI helped compile, crop
residue open-burning was identified as one of 9 key abatement measures
globally for tackling emissions of black carbon (soot) that will help protect
both air quality and climate in the near-te