Meeting with Dr. Jim Campbell at USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, Manhattan, Kansas
Assoc. Prof. Tatyana Stefanovska and Prof. Valentna Pidlisnyuk visited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service’s Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR). The visit was organized by Dr. James F. Campbell, Supervisory Research Entomologist (Research Leader) at Stored Product Insects and Engineering Research Unit. James Campbell briefly introduced the Center activity and core research/innovation and extension directions. The GGAHR is main USDA investigated lab in Kansas. CGAHR is comprised of four research units. Each exploration unit has a one of a kind mission and collaborates with key clients and partners. CGAHR researchers are perceived worldwide for research and innovation improvement. The Center is in a perfect world situated in the core of the Great Plains, the country’s breadbasket and domesticated animals focus, and now a developing place for the creation of biofuels and other bio-based products.
During the meeting with James Campbell Tatyana Stefanovska and Valentina Pidlisnyuk introduced objectives and accomplishments of NATO SPS #G4687 project. Also the issues of miscanthus planting materials and conditions of biomass/bio-based products storage for a long period was discussed. As to, it appears like presently there is restricted long term store planting materials of Miscanthus x giganteus, harvested biomass and bio- based products. However, as the commercial production scales up there will be more requirement for long- term storage of biomass, rhizomes and pellets and researches on optimization and maintaining quality during this process are needed. That was agreed to start the cooperation and look for potential funding sources in order to initiate that additional researches.