The Implanteus graduate school of Avignon University proposes for its second year a cycle of scientific conferences, combining face-to-face and distance lectures.
The next conference will take place:
Wednesday 16th March 2022
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm online
Bioeconomy of the hemp system: from the molecules to the buildings
Bernard Kurek (INRAE Reims)
Hemp is a plant is exploited by man from centuries. Nowadays it appears as one interesting species to be included in bioeconomical systems, due to the unique combination of agronomical, physiological and anatomical characteristics, allowing a large panel of applications of its components in health, food and non-food sectors. The conference will present the latest research developments and new applications of hemp products, from the biologically active molecules in cosmetics and novel food to the building materials and energy sustainable cities. It will also illustrate how the carbon from hemp is cyclicized through bioeconomical approaches.
Bernard KUREK is INRAE research director at UMR FARE in Reims (https://www6.nancy.inrae.fr/fare_eng/). A biochemist and microbiologist by training, he works on the properties of plant cell walls and their constituents as well as on the mechanisms of their deconstruction / reconstruction in the development of bio-based composite materials. He is also interested, through human and social science approaches, in the challenges of green chemistry and bioeconomics for new applications of fiber plants, including hemp.