Professor of Biology Shimon Gepstein will speak at the TSA's next Einstein Supper on 20 July 2011 about his trail blazing work as a member of the Technion's Grand Energy Program in creating genetically modified plants capable of producing biofuels on marginal lands with minimal requirement for water supply
Developing such plants should provide a net energy gain, have environmental
benefits, be economically competitive and be producible in large quantities for biofuel production without reducing food supplies.
As Australia grapples with ways to reduce carbon emissions and environmental degradation such as salinity in the Murray Darling River system, come and hear how Professor Gepstein's work could provide solutions and viable alternatives for both energy and food sources.
Professor Gepstein is a former Dean of the Faculty of Biology, a member of the Israeli National Committee for Biotechnology and currently Head of the Technion's Centre for Pre-University Education which prepares 700 students annually from disadvantaged backgrounds for entry to the Technion.
Professor Gepstein's visit to Australia follows the highly successful visit in May of Israeli Chief Scientist, Technion Distinguished Professor Daniel Weihs.
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