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Dr. Cramer, Dr. Hood attend alternative crops
conference, present forum
Dec. 9, 2008 --
Dr. Carole L. Cramer,
executive director, Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State
University, and Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Distinguished Professor of
Agriculture and president and CEO of Infinite Enzymes, recently attended
the Planting Seeds for the Future: West Tennessee Alternative Crops
Conference at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Cramer and Dr. Hood presented the forum on "Plants as Biofactories:
New Crops with Novel Output Traits." This conference was based on
alternative or “new” crops that can be used in high-value food, health
and industrial applications. Farmers, agriculture and bio-products
professionals, technology developers, educators, researchers, government
officials and entrepreneurs gathered to explore some of the
non-traditional crops and how they could be utilized and explore the
challenges of developing business around these “new” crops.
Hood’s company, Infinite Enzymes, was both a sponsor and participant in
the partnering forum held the first night of the conference. The
Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation
were the conference sponsors. The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is
comprised of AgBioworks and BioDimensions, and is dedicated to
developing new agricultural technologies and processing, resulting in a
stronger bioeconomy in the Mississippi Delta, impacting both workforce
development and the economy.
Together, AgBioworks and BioDimensions are developing a strategic plan
for the 83-county Mississippi Delta region that encompasses the regions
of Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee to help align public
and private funding, create opportunities for farmers, improve the
environment, and increase green jobs.
Hood’s work in developing plant-made enzymes for cellulosic biomass
conversion has been awarded a $1.845 million grant by the U.S.
Department of Energy, the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Walton Family
Foundation, and is taking place at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at
Arkansas State University. For more information on ABI, contact Dr.
Carole Cramer, executive director, (870) 972-2025, e-mail
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