Scientists for Biodiesel

Scientists Announce Declaration on Biodiesel

Urge Peers to Join Commitment on Continued Progress for Food, Feed & Energy

SAN FRANCISCO – As founder and a director of the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, Dr. Rob Myers is well aware of Jefferson’s historic commitment to exploring new frontiers as well as agricultural progress. With an eye on continuing advancements in biodiesel that would have appealed to Jefferson’s interests, Myers announced today the “Scientists for Biodiesel” declaration at the opening session of the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center President Roger Beachy and Myers are co-chairs of the “Scientists for Biodiesel” campaign and are inviting their peers from around the world to add their support by cosigning the declaration.

“Scientists sometimes have differences of opinion, but this declaration is intended to show the broad consensus among scientists about the benefits of biodiesel,” Myers said. “Our goal is to increase awareness and information sharing about the depth and breadth of the scientific research behind biodiesel that contributes to its sustainability.”

The declaration also calls for more investment into the scientific needs associated with this vital bioenergy source.

“We applaud these scientists for their exciting work and dedication to enhancing biodiesel’s ability meet the food, feed, fiber and energy needs of the future,” said National Biodiesel Board Chairman Ed Hegland. “Biodiesel already comes from a variety of feedstocks that can meet today’s needs. These scientists are part of the dynamic team that is helping blaze trails for further progress through greater productivity of existing feedstocks and new scientific discoveries.”

By visiting, scientists can share information about their work and sign the declaration which says in part, “Biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks can meet contemporary needs for environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and quality of life without compromising the ability of future generations to meet these needs for themselves.”

The NBB is the national trade association of the biodiesel industry and is the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the United States.

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Declaration & Signers

We, the undersigned members of the scientific community, believe that biodiesel can reduce dependence on petroleum, help address climate change and boost domestic economies.

Biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks can meet contemporary needs for environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and quality of life without compromising the ability of future generations to meet these needs for themselves.

We support increased investment in research and development by public and private sources that will enhance biodiesel as a sustainable fuel for transportation and other uses. We are confident that scientific advancements can demonstrate, preserve, and enhance biodiesel’s ability to help meet the food, feed, fiber, and energy needs of the future.

Ibrahim Abou-Nemeh, Director of R&D – Product Discovery
Novus International, Inc.

Dr. Mary Altalo, Scientific Officer
Edgefield Environmental Associates LLC

Samuel Arora,
New Jersey Institute of Tech.

Dick Auld, Rockwell Professor
Texas Tech University

Kurt Baker, Founder
LA City Biodiesel

Susan Barefoot, Associate Dean
Clemson University

Caleb Basiliko, Research Fleet Manager
Buffalo State College Great Lakes Center

Christoph Benning, Professor
Michigan State University

Siddappa Bhusnoor, Registrar
K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering

Keith Bilyeu, Soybean Breeder
Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

Mark Blankenbuehler, Assoc. Professor of Chemistry
Morehead State University

H. Roger Boerma, Distinguished Research Professor
University of Georgia, Center for Applied Genetic Technologies

Dorin Boldor, Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Steve Borgelt, Associate Professor
University of Missouri-Columbia

Marc Cardoso, Chairman
Ecogenics Research Center

Jimmy Cargle, Agriscience Teacher
Tift County High School

Manuel Cerrato, General Director
Sun Energy Corp

Rhi-Kao Chang, Doctor
Tajen University

Clinton Cheek, Owner
South Texas Jatropha Farms

Barry Cole, President
Woodlands Capital Partners

Miguel Dabdoub, Associate Professor
University of Sao Paulo

Ben E Dawson-Andoh, Asscoiate Professor
West Virginia University

Bernardo del Campo, Phd Student
Iowa State University

Randy Dellinger, Managing Partner
Foothills Bio-Energies, LLC

Robert Dibble, Professor
University of California Berkeley

Madhu Dowlapalli, Senior Research Scientist / Chemical Engineer
CEHMM, Algae to Biodiesel

Donald Duncan, City Manager
City of Conover, NC

Paul Ejikeme,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Ken Farminer, VP Business
BioPlastic Polymers and Composites, LLC

Matthew Fields, Assistant Professor
Montana State University, Microbiology

Jamie Foster, Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University

Stephen Frazer, Researcher
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jerry Fruin, Professor
University of Minnesota

Daniel Geller, Research Engineer
The University of Georgia

Sreenivas Ghatty, Managing Director
Tree Oils India Limited

Dr. Sue Gibson, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota, Dept. of Plant Biology

Sarah Gil, Research Technician
Olds College

Robert Gilbert, Professor
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medecine

Keith Glewen, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

John Goodrum, Professor of Engineering, (retired)
University of Georgia

Mark Guiltinan, Professor
Penn State University

Michael Haas, Ph.D.

Dallas Hanks, Research Scientist
Utah State University

Benjamin Harmon, Professor of Agriculture/Biology
Ashland Community & Technical College

Michael Harris, Owner
Harris Management Services, LLC

Kathleen Hastings, Research Technician
Buffalo State College Great Lakes Center

Brian B. He, Professor of Agriculture/Biology
University of Idaho

Dr. Gary Hergert, Professor
Universiy of Nebraska

D Hildebrand, Professor
University of Kentucky, Plant and Soil Sciences

Steve Howell,

Dr. Axel Ingendoh
Lanxess Deutschland GmbH

Javed Iqbal, Laboratory Manager
Lousiana State University

Jan Jaworski, Vice President for Research and Principal Investigator
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Mark Johnsonbaugh, Operations Engineer
Simple Fuels Biodiesel

Richard Joost, Director of Research

Ranae Jorgenson, Analytical Chemist
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Dr. Stephen Kaffka, Director of the California Biomass Collaborative
University of California, Davis

Ayodya Ganapathi Kattekota,

Dennis Keeney, Senior Fellow

Hyder Ali Khoja, Senior Environmental Research Scientist and Molecular Biologist
Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management, Alage to Biodiesel

Arthur Killam, Research Plot Coordinator
University of Minnesota

Joseph King, Partner
Thermal Stability Systems

Jack Kiser, Research Manager
Sustainable Oils, LLC.

Keith Kline, Global Change and Developing Countries Programs
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mark Knuth, Director of Biochemistry
Cibus US LLC

Bulent Koc, Assistant Professor
University of Missouri

Narasimharao Kondamudi, Chemical & Metalurgical Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

Ron Korcak, Program Coordinator
Water Stewardship, Inc.

Andras Kovacs,
Research and Consulting Kovacs

Kendall Lamkey, Professor and Chair
Iowa State University, Agronomy

Robert Last, Professor
Michigan State University

Kee Lee, Associate Professor of Microbiology
Lincoln University of Missouri

Thomas Leue, President
Homestead Inc.

Allen Levine, Dean
University of Minnesota

Marc Linit, Associate Dean
University of Missouri

Mihchelle Londa, Research Professor
Texas State University

Carlo Luri, General Manager
Cornell, University of Nevada, Reno

Madeleine Marshall, CFO
Edgefield Environmental Associates, LLC

John Massingill, Director CCBT
Texas State University

Dr. Sergey Mastistky
Buffalo State College

Dr. Robert McCormick
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mark McLellan
University of Florida

Kelsey McNeely
Princeton University

Omarh Mendoza, Ph.D. Candidate in Animal Sciences
University of Illinois Animal Sciences – Swine

Konstantin Miatchine, Vice President
GMD BIO Advance inc,

Gabriel Michas,

Gerald Miller, Associate Dean
Iowa State University

Glenn Miller, Professor
University of Nevada

Susanta Mohapatra, Assistant Professor
University of Nevada Reno

Charles Mueller, Principal
Member of the Technical Staff Sandia National Laboratories

Rob Myers, Director
Jefferson Institute

Seth Naeve, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Paul ki-Souk Nam, Assistant Professor
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Fouad Nassiri, Laboratory Director
Atlas Laboratory

John Neel, President
Division Twelve Installation

C. Jerry Nelson, Professor Emeritus
University of Missouri

Richard Nelson, Engineer
Kansas State University

Henry Nguyen, Professor & Director
University of Missouri

Scott Nisula, Chief Technical Officer
Delta BioFuels, Inc.

Reginald Noel, Production Manager
Groupe Biodiesel Haiti S.A.

Louis Ogaard, Project Director – Alternative Fuels
North Dakota State University, Botany

Dr. James Orf, Professor
University of Minnesota

J Patel, Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Dr. Pulin Patel, Program Faculty
Texas State University, San Marcos

Thomas Payne, Vice Chancellor and Dean
University of Missouri

Winthrop Phippen, Associate Professor
Western Illinois University

Jerry Phung, CEO
Success Nexus Pte Ltd

Alice Pilgeram,
Montana State University

Anup Pradhan, Research Assistant
University of Idaho

Tony Prehm, President, Co-Owner
Kennedy Western

Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of Agricultural Research Programs
Purdue University

Serin Rao, COO
BioFuels Manufacturing of Illinois, LLC

Bala Rathinasabapathi, Associate Professor
University of Florida

Syed Mohammed Ali Raza, CEO
Sumeria Energy

Luis Razon, Professor
De La Salle University

Justin Robinson, Research Associate
Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

Dr. Charles Roe, Chief Technology Officer
Biofuel Producers of America, Inc.

Dr. Doug Root, Senior Scientist
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Richard Sayre, Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Ken Schneeberger, Professor
University of Missouri

Dr. Michael Schramm, Assistant Professor
CSU Long Beach

Leon G. Schumacher, Professor
University of Missouri

Don Scott, Director of Sustainability
National Biodiesel Board

Sergio Segall, Director
A&S Phytochemical Investigation

Dev Shrestha, Assistant Professor
University of Idaho / National Biodiesel Education Program

Paul Siitonen, Lead Chemist
FDA/Nat. Ctr. for Toxicological Research

Joseph Sikorski, Research Director

Bharat Singh, Professor
Fort Valley State University

Dr. Norman Slade, Professor
University of Kansas, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Gary Stacey, Professor
University of Missouri

Jeffrey R. Stephens, Director of Science and Technology
Propel Fuels

Bernie Tao, Professor
Purdue University

Jordan Thomas,
University of Colorado Boulder

Charlie Tijerina, Owner/Operator
Desert Center Jatropha Farm

Jon H Van Gerpen, Department Head
University of Idaho

Randall von Wedel, Principal Biochemist
BioSolar / CytoCulture International

Dr. Edward Wene, Scientist
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Mark Vermeer, Professional Engineer
Virtuoso Biofuels Services

Ralph Whitesides, Professor and Extension Weed Specialist
Utah State University

William Wiebold, Professor
University of Missouri

Eric Williams
Omaha Biofuels Coop

Wendy Wintersteen, Dean
Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Don Wysocki, Extension Soil Scientist
Oregon State University

Melvin Yokoyama, Professor
Michigan State University

Scott Zednek, Geologist
Tierra Consulting Group

Mingchu Zhang, Associate Professor and Department Chair
University of Alaska