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Date:7/16/2010

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"When one considers that about 180 billion tonnes of the cell wall component, cellulose, is renewed on earth every year, it is not surprising that this part of the plant is attracting attention for renewable fuel production. Because humans cannot digest cellulose, the production of cellulosic residues for biofuels does not compete for human food production."

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor James McWha says the new ARC Center of Excellence builds on the unique, collaborative research strengths in agriculture and biotechnology at the Waite Campus.

"This world-class center will be the focal point for the development of new technologies and processes. It will play a key role in enhancing the University's reputation for agricultural research and training, and it will boost our already significant contribution to industry and the community," Professor McWha says.

The University of Adelaide is a key partner in the ARC Center of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Tera-Scale and the ARC Center of Excellence for the History of Emotions, which were also announced today.


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Contact: Professor Geoff Fincher
geoff.fincher@adelaide.edu.au
61-883-037-296
University of Adelaide
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