Book provides bioenergy co-products technology overview

'Biorefinery Co-Products' part of Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

March 26, 2012
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Julie Carrier, Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 479-575-2542,

Howell Medders, Agricultural Communication Services, U of A System Division of Agriculture, 479-575-5647,

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A new book co-edited by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture professor Julie Carrier provides an overview of the technology being developed for adding co-products to the revenue stream from bioenergy.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- University of Arkansas professor of biological and agricultural engineering Julie Carrier is co-editor of a new book, Biorefinery Co-Products, for researchers and professionals in the bioenergy industry.

Carrier said economically viable bioenergy production from cellulosic (woody and herbaceous) biomass will require the marketing of value-added co-products such as phytochemicals for industrial, medicinal and nutritional applications.

The book, which is subtitled, Phytochemicals, Primary Metabolites and Value-Added Biomass Processing, was published by John Wiley & Sons as part of the Wiley Series in Renewable Resources. Co-editors Chantal Bergeron and Shri Ramaswamy, at Tom’s of Maine and the University of Minnesota, respectively, and Carrier assembled chapters from other biorefinery co-product experts in addition to chapters they contributed.

Carrier, Mahmoud Sharara and Edgar Clausen contributed a chapter that provides an overview of biorefinery technology. Sharara and Clausen are in the U of A department of biological and agricultural engineering and the Ralph E. Martin department of chemical engineering, respectively.

Navam Hettiarachchy, a U of A food science professor, is coauthor of a chapter on bioactive soy co-products.

Carrier conducts a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture research program on the deconstruction of potential bioenergy feedstock plants into sugars and the extraction of phytochemicals. She works with poplar, sweetgum and switchgrass. Research on production requirements for those species is conducted at Division of Agriculture locations across Arkansas.

Carrier said she was persuaded to take on the book project by a colleague on the University of Ghent bioscience faculty in Belgium, Christian Stevens, who developed the Wiley Series in Renewable Resources.

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