Center for Viticultural Sciences
The mission of the Center for Viticultural Sciences and Small Fruit Research is to conduct research and provide service and support that will help the viticulture industry in Florida to become a viable industry (Florida Viticulture Policy Act, 1978).
Advances in both veterinary medicine technology and technique are the fuel firing the increased demand for well-trained individuals to work as veterinary technologists.
The activities of the FAMU BioEnergy Group are expected to make significant impacts on a number of areas:
- The training of minority scientists is expected to have direct impact on the diversity of scientists in the US workforce.
- The clientele for our demonstration and delivery projects are minority, small scale or rural communities and the economic impact of a cheaper and environmentally sustainable energy source will be significant in improving farm and community income and improving the quality of life.
- The economic impact of a cleaner environment (air and water) on the health condition of these communities cannot be measured in dollar terms.
- Commercialization of any technologies that are found to be suitable for use in biomass processing would increase farm profits and new farm entities may be started as a result.
- The harvesting and use of invasive plant species would clean up lakes and other water bodies that can then become sources of other ventures such as fishing.
- The consortia of microbes that will be identified for use in the degradation would be patented and commercialized.
- A prototype bioreactor will be developed and commercialized.
The latter two inventions could have significant economic impact not only on Florida but also the entire USA and possibly on much of the developing world. The “FAMU BioEnergy Group” through its collaborators and other units within the university will be instrumental in commercializing the inventions and products. Florida A&M University has an Office of Technology Transfer, Licensure and Commercialization which works closely with faculty to ensure that new inventions and discoveries reach the consumer and the FAMU BioEnergy Group will work closely with this office on any new products from this research. In addition, our Cooperative Extension Service works with rural communities in north Florida and the Research and Extension facility in Quincy, Florida will be used for on?site demonstration and workshops to ensure appropriate delivery of the technology.
The overall economic impact of these activities in our estimation will be in the millions of dollars and has the potential for sustainability, cleaner environment and improved health status of the impacted communities.