• Congressman Al Lawson and CAFS students at the Farmer's Roundtable event. 
  • Harambee Festival - Learning about insects. 
  • Dr. Mbuya explaining the importance of water quality and the impacts of contamination. 
  • Goat meat cooking demonstration conducted by Cooperative Extension. 
  • CAFS Living Learning Students(LLC) students inspecting bee colonies. 

Vision, Leadership, and Research Focus

The long term vision of the “FAMU BioEnergy Group” is to be recognized as a leader in the southern region and the focal point for information and training of future scientists in biomass related technologies for biofuels and other bioproducts. The FAMU BioEnergy Group is particularly suited for the dissemination of these technologies to small scale farmers and rural communities for use as an alternative source of fuel, income generation and increase opportunities for new business ventures. In addition, the FAMU BioEnergy Group will focus on the training of the next generation of scientists, especially minorities that are expected to make up a significant number of the U.S labor force within the next twenty years. The FAMU BioEnergy Group works collaboratively with local county elementary, middle and high schools to increase awareness on the BioEnergy sector with a focus on alternative energy sources, environmental quality and sustainability. This will create a pipeline for students who will go on to college and pursue degree programs in the sciences. In addition, the FAMU BioEnergy Group plans to tract all students who participate in the program to ascertain the number that actually went on into science disciplines. The BioEnergy Group plans to set up a scholarship program for both undergraduate and graduate training and for recruitment activities to attract the brightest students to the program. Energy security is very vital for our long term security and it is imperative that the brightest minds be engaged in this enterprise as the nation surges for alternatives to fossil fuel.

The research focus of the “FAMU BioEnergy Group” is broadly on the bioconversion of plant residues (biomass) to bioproducts. The specific areas of research that will be addressed by the group include:

  • Performing a rigorous inventory of existing biomass resources in North Florida
  • Analyzing feedstock composition for new potential value?added products
  • Improving the efficiencies of biomass conversion, such as optimizing microbial fermentation processes
  • Analyzing and developing small scale distributed conversion systems
  • Demonstrating process integration and synergy in small farm?scale bio?reactor to optimize economic, social and environmental returns
  • Developing educational and outreach modules for students, faculty, local communities and consumers

The students in the program are trained in research methodologies and biotechnology techniques and tools. In addition, they are required to take microbiology and biochemistry as background courses.