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USDA FAS seeks hosts for agricultural scientists from Poland whose reseach focuses on biofuels

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has for help in identifying U.S. universities willing to host agricultural scientists from Poland. Two Polish Borlaug Fellows have been selected and their topics of research/study are focused on biofuels. The expected time frame for their five-week program is August-October, 2007. As indicated below, please respond directly to FAS by June 22, 2007 if you’re interested in hosting these Borlaug Fellows.

Each Fellow has the following specific research interests:

Fellow 1 is a plant scientist; her research focuses on biomass feedstock design and production, specifically alternative plants, such as herbaceous perennial grasses. She has trained and studied in the United Kingdom and is currently working on a Ph.D in Horticultural Sciences with emphasis on the production of alternative plants as bio-energy sources. She currently works at a national research institute in Poland.

Fellow 2 is a biochemist; she has a Ph.D from the Institute of Environmental Engineering, Czestochowa University of Technology in Poland. Her research has focused on organic waste management. She would like to conduct research on waste management systems of the food processing industry and the potential as a bioenergy source.

If you would like to express your interest in hosting these Fellows, please send an estimated budget for one or more Fellows and a brief (one-page or less) e-mail message to: Karen.Uetrecht@fas.usda.gov. The e-mail message should outline institutional capabilities, biofuels expertise and any previous experience with Poland. FAS would like to receive all expressions of interest by Friday, June 22, 2007.

Funding support will be provided by FAS and the FAS Warsaw Post as part of the Borlaug Fellows Program. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Karen Uetrecht, USDA/FAS at (202) 690-3359.

For more information on the Borlaug Program, please visit http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/borlaug/borlaug.htm.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program aims to promote food security and economic growth by increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity. This program provides promising young scientists and policymakers with an opportunity to spend 4-5 weeks in the United States and work one-on-one with U.S. scientist in their fields.

During the program, participants learn new research techniques, gain exposure to the latest scientific developments in various fields of agriculture, access fully equipped laboratories and libraries, and learn about unique public-private partnerships that help fund agricultural research and science. Equally important, this program provides international scientists and policymakers with opportunities to establish long-term contacts with U.S. scientists and apply the newly gained knowledge from U.S. laboratories to their country’s research and development programs.

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