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IBSS Trials Re-Planting  


The Columbus, MS site was replanted in April 2015, but last year's trees are still growing vigorously. The smaller trees seem to be lush and healthy, and the hybrids are doing very well. 

The site is in generally good condition for weed competition; however, weeds are beginning to appear on the landscape. The site was partially treated (25%+/-) with glyphosate in April 2015. The area has been extremely wet and the IBSS/AHB team has not been able to finish spraying (due to precip) in the last few weeks. The team continues to monitor the site. 

IBSS Annual Meeting - Save The Date! 


Please make plans to attend the fourth annual meeting of IBSS!

Dates: August 12-14, 2015
Location: Auburn University
More information - including lodging and transportation - will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

IBSS Partner Spotlight: AGCO


The 2014 biomass sorghum harvest was sponsored by AGCO and harvest operations were completed by Hesston and Massey Ferguson equipment. AGCO's cutting edge, biomass equipment supported the Partnership's objective to monitor and model harvest production and logistics through real-time, thus allowing instantaneous feedback in-field and consequently optimizing operations. Fortunately, this mutualistic relationship with AGCO has continued to flourish in other IBSS objectives.
Chemistry and Biology in Bioenergy: 
Workshop for High School Teachers

The IBSS team invites high school science teachers to attend a 5-day interdisciplinary workshop! Continuing education or Knox County inservice credits are available, and classroom activities align with TN science standards. Activites include:

* Stoichiometry 
* Bonding (covalent, ionic, etc) 
* Mass and energy conservation 
* Cellular biology 
* Heredity and genetic engineering 
* Biodiversity and change 
* ...and more!! 

WHEN: Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2015! 
WHERE: The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

The workshop includes a tour of a local biorefinery and discussion with bioenergy industry representatives. The registration deadline is May 30, 2015 and space is limited! For questions and/or registration info, contact Dr. Steve Chmely ( (MORE)
The IBSS Partnership is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30410 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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