Patrick Mason, a PhD student in Professor Jenny Jones' biomass combustion research group, visited various institutions in São Paulo state, Brazil in December. Along with Gunnar Gonzalez and Heller Barosso from the energy company EBX, the first visit was to the Vignis agronomy research plantation in Santo Antonio do Posse. Vignis develop and produce "Energy Cane" cultivars - a high fibre variety of sugar cane which provides a much higher total energy yield but lower sugar yield compared to conventional sugar crops. The host was research director Prof Sizou Matsuoka.
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