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January 23, 2007   Email to Friend 

AUBURN PROFESSOR ON 'NIGHTLINE' TONIGHT
Christy Rhodes
(334) 240-7103
January 23, 2007

AUBURN, Ala. -- Dr. David Bransby, a professor of agronomy and soils at Auburn University who has become known for his research on renewable fuels such as switchgrass and poultry litter, will discuss alternative fuels on ABC's "Nightline" tonight following President George Bush's State of the Union address.

Commissioner Ron Sparks of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, which has aided Bransby in his research, congratulated Bransby for being recognized for his valuable work.

Bransby is well-known nationally for his work with switchgrass and wood chips as a feedstock for cellulosic ethanol.

The Department of Agriculture & Industries identifies grants available for developing alternative fuels and then works with ADECA to apply for the funds. After a grant for alternative fuels research has been awarded, Gov. Bob Riley approves the disbursement to the Department of Agriculture & Industries, which then administrates the grant funds.

To date, Bransby's research has received $115,896 in grant funds through these grant applications and two other applications are pending.


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