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Hardy Pampas grass, Erianthus, and the power of weeds | Mitsuru Gau | TEDxKumamotoshi

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Published on Nov 15, 2016

Weed power for Kumamoto. Mitsuru Gau explains his extraordinary vision to bring power to regional society, by producing biomass energy and by changing the way of farming with the super weed, Erianthus.

He is working at the National Agricultural and Food Research Organization, and is the ex-project leader of resource production. He noticed that it is very important to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in order to stop global warming. Therefore, he devotes himself to research on cultivating biomass resource products and on producing biomass energy. Biomass resources are plant materials and animal waste which are not used for food or feed, but can be used to create transportation fuels and to generate electricity. While Japan has less farmland and worse conditions for food production than other countries, he overcame this difficulty by making flexible use of the limited farmland in Japan. He has been tackling the technology of biomass energy production from a novel viewpoint, which is free from the conventional notion of food production.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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