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  • Richard Morris
    ... Subject: non-food crop news Resent-Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 20:50:03 +0000 (GMT) Resent-From: R J Morris (Plants For A Future)
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      Subject: non-food crop news
      Resent-Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 20:50:03 +0000 (GMT)
      Resent-From: R J Morris (Plants For A Future) <pfaf@...>
      Resent-To: Richard Morris <richardmorris@...>
      Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 14:11:50 +0000
      From: Dr Maggie Smallwood <m.smallwood@...>
      Reply-To: mfs1@...
      Organization: NNFCC
      To: mfs1@...

      Dear Colleagues,

      This is the first edition of an e-update the NNFCC plans to circulate
      six times a year. We have included some news on NNFCC activities,
      funding opportunities and events. We would welcome feedback on the
      content, style and frequency as well as items you would like to
      publicise in this forum.

      Successful First Conference
      NNFCC held its first annual conference 04-05 November 2004 at Central
      Science Laboratory. Nearly two hundred people attended: the majority of
      delegates came from industry, with agriculture well represented and over
      a third representing potential end-user industries. The feedback from
      people attending the conference has been very encouraging: One delegate
      remarked "I have attended conferences on this subject in the UK and
      elsewhere for over 10 years. This was the most stimulating and enjoyable
      of them all. Congratulations to the NNFCC team."

      We are currently collating information and suggestions made by the
      discussion groups and these will be circulated to conference delegates
      shortly. We are also planning how to take the issues that delegates
      raised forward with the relevant authorities. The presentations are
      available in pdf format on our website

      May we take this opportunity to offer a big thank you to all the people
      who helped us make this meeting a success including our speakers,
      chairs, discussion group leaders and exhibitors.

      Invitation to join Thematic Working Groups
      The NNFCC is initiating thematic working groups which aim to bring
      together all elements of the supply chain : the science base, seed
      developers, contractors, growers, extractors, primary and secondary
      processors, manufacturers, retailers, waste processors, regulators,
      research funders and policy makers - to address barriers to
      implementation of non-food crop technology in particular sectors.

      The first two sectors that we are addressing are plant-derived
      pharmaceuticals and biolubricants. If you would like to participate in
      either of these working groups, or would like to suggest another sector,
      please send an email to enquiries@... or fill in and return the
      attached form.

      Government strategy for non-food crops and uses published
      "A strategy for non-food crops and uses" has been published jointly by
      Defra and DTI with the support of other Government Departments. The
      long-term vision of this strategy is that a significant proportion of
      demand for energy and raw materials should be met through the commercial
      exploitation of science from crops, in a way which stimulates innovation
      and the rural economy, enhances biodiversity, reduces greenhouse gas
      emissions and waste, particularly biodegradable waste going to landfill,
      and slows depletion of finite natural resources.

      The first half of the document is taken up with a detailed action plan
      followed by chapters that summarise the scope and context of the
      strategy, the environmental outcomes, the role of industrial innovation
      and bioscience and the opportunities fo agriculture. The action plan
      specifically addresses

      1. promoting non-food uses of crops through provision of information
      and knowledge
      2. analysing strategic issues and identifying barriers to development
      of non-food crops
      3. funding scientific research
      4. contributing to a low carbon economy with renewable fuels and energy
      5. contributing to improvements in waste disposal and tackling
      pollution and health risks
      6. contributing to sustainability in the building and construction
      7. increasing use of sustainable products through Government
      procurement policies
      8. biodiversity
      9. using CAP measures to promote non-food crops
      10. using environmental regulation to achieve environmental outcomes
      with benefits for non-food crops
      11. instigate blue sky thinking to underpin long-term development of
      the sector

      A European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry - call for
      comments on vision paper
      The concept of the European Technology Platform for Sustainable
      Chemistry was launched at a media event on 6 July 2004 in Brussels by
      Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. The platform has produced a
      draft vision document that can be accessed on the NNFCC website
      http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/library/reports/download.cfm?id=138. They would
      welcome comments from stakeholders within the UK on the vision document
      by the end of January 2004. Please submit these to Maggie Smallwood at
      the National Non-Food Crops Centre (m.smallwood@...) and we will
      collate and forward these to the platform's secretariat.

      A stakeholder meeting was held in Brussels 09 November 2004 and
      presentations which provide background information on the Technology
      Platform and views of the organisations which have contributed to the
      vision document will be available on the European Chemical Industry
      Council (CEFIC) website shortly (http://www.cefic.be/).

      Funding oppportunities

      *HGCA **Enterprise** Awards*
      Deadline: Current deadline 31 December 04
      Description The HGCA Enterprise Awards are aimed at helping companies
      develop new products and markets including those in the area of non-food
      URL http://www.hgca.com/enterprise/windows.htm

      *HGCA call Non-food uses of cereals and oilseeds *
      Deadline: 10 December 2004
      Description Expressions of interest are invited which are either
      strategic or applied in nature for projects, to work with end users to
      develop non-food applications which will lead to new markets for UK
      cereals and oilseeds. Applications are particularly welcome for
      applications relating to biopolymers and biolubricants however they
      would be interested in applications relating to a range of other
      products for example biosolvents, platform chemicals and biorefinery
      aspects of biofuel production.

      *DTI : 3rd open call Technology programme *
      Deadline: Next call announced 29 Nov 2004
      Description Twice every year the DTI will announce a competition for
      these grants in specific technology areas. The renewable energy
      programme is now under this scheme.
      URL http://www.dti.gov.uk/technologyprogramme/open_comps.html

      *Bioenergy Infrastructure Scheme*
      Deadline: Application window 15 October 2004 to 14 February 2005.
      Description To provide grants to farmers, foresters and businesses to
      help develop the supply chain required to harvest, store, process and
      supply energy crops and forestry woodfuel to energy end-users.
      URL http://www.defra.gov.uk/farm/acu/energy/infrastructure.htm

      *EU – Scientific Support to Policies*
      Deadline: 01 Feb 2005.
      Description CA or SSAs are called for: non-food policy research,
      alternatives for tobacco growers in Southern Europe and developing a
      balanced system for registration of biological control agents including
      macro-organisms, microbial biopesticides, plant extracts and semiochemicals
      URL http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cfm?CALL_ID=173

      Call for Papers
      Competitive Industrial Materials from Non-Food Crops
      Process Engineering Workshop
      Conference Park, University of Warwick
      Tuesday, 19 April 2005

      The aim of the workshop is to address the process engineering challenges
      faced in converting plant derived materials into sustainable feedstocks
      for industry in non-food applications, thereby
      1. avoiding duplication of effort in future research and
      development work
      2. identifying possible synergies available from closer
      collaboration between the various organisations associated with the
      CIMNFC programme
      3. developing new ideas for submission to future Government-funded

      For the purposes of this workshop, Process Engineering is defined as
      any post harvest modification of plant-derived materials. For the
      projects within the CIMNFC Programme this will address issues of
      chemical and physical modification. However, there is every reason to
      include a paper on industrial/white biotechnology illustrating the
      potential of (modified) micro-organisms to convert biomass into
      speciality chemicals or chemical intermediates.

      The workshop will be a one-day event. A programme is in preparation and
      you are invited to submit proposals for papers. These should be sent to
      Ian Bartle with suggested title and a brief abstract, at
      <mailto:ianbartle@...-plus.net> by Friday 22nd November.

      CIMNFC Programme Co-ordinator, Ian Bartle Associates, Broad Oaks, West
      Broyle, Chichester,West Sussex, UKPO19 3PR Tel/Fax +44 (0)1243 538896


      *6th Annual Cranfield Conference*
      19^th November 2004
      The Curry Report: From Theory to Practice, From Planning to Delivery
      Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Bedford
      Contact:Helen Knight sarahhickson@...
      +44 (0)1234 754362
      +44 (0)1234 751307

      Industrial biotechnology opportunities

      23 November 2004, New Century House, Manchester, M60 4ES
      The Investment Seminar is angled at companies seeking venture capital or
      independent funding. There are spaces for exhibitors at both events and
      industry relevant case study will be considered if you have companies

      *Regional Workshop on Embedded Generation* –
      London Renewable Power Association London, UK


      *Bio-wise Event Industrial Biotechnology*
      02 December 2004
      A Showcase of UK Capability
      Jurys Hotel, Great Russell St., London


      *Bioplastics *
      Technologies, challenges, applications and potential
      Frankfurt, Germany

      *Natural Fibres*
      Technical developments natural fibre reinforcements for polymer-based
      Frankfurt, Germany

      *Conference on Plant Made Pharmaceuticals*
      30/1 - 02/2/2005
      Montreal, Quebec
      E-Mail cpmp2005@... <mailto:cpmp2005@...>
      +1 (0)418 6586755
      +1 (0)418 6588850
      Website http://www.cpmp2005.org <http://www.cpmp2005.org/>

      *Green-Tech 2005*
      Sustainable and Renewable Raw Materials
      Potsdam, Germany
      Contact: info@...
      Europoint b.v
      +31 (0)30 6933 489
      +31 (0)30 6917 394
      Website http://www.europoint-bv.com/events/?greentech2005
      *II International Seminar on Biodegradable Polymers and sustainable
      Valencia, Spain
      Website http://www.polimerosbiodegradables.com

      email problems
      We would like to apologise to all of you who have been suffering
      problems in contacting us by email. Our email service provider installed
      a new firewall and this interrupted a significant proportion of our
      incoming mail. We think the issue has been resolved and thank you for
      your patience over the period when it failed

      Best Wishes
      Maggie Smallwood

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      Dr Maggie Smallwood Tel 44 (0) 1904 435182
      Deputy CEO Fax 44 (0) 1904 435345
      The National Non-Food Crops Centre email m.smallwood@...
      Biocentre http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/
      York Science Park
      Innovation Way
      YO10 5DG

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