Brazilian biofuel expert to lecture Feb. 27

Pedro Arraes, an authority on Brazilian agricultural research, will give a public lecture about Brazil’s experience with biofuels at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Room 175 of the Biochemistry Building.

Arraes, an official with EMBRAPA, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp., will give an overview of energy use and ethanol production in Brazil, which exports more ethanol than any country in the world. Ethanol produced from sugar cane has replaced about 40 percent of non-diesel fuel consumption in Brazil. Together the United States and Brazil produce about 70 percent of the world’s ethanol, and the two nations are exploring collaborations to further enhance the global market for biofuels.

Arraes, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees in plant breeding and plant genetics from UW-Madison, serves as U.S. Coordinator of the LABEX program, which facilitates exchange of Brazilian and U.S. scientists. He will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 27, through early afternoon on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Faculty who would like to meet with Arraes should contact Shann Fox at or 262-1271 to set up an appointment.