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  WIST News - June 2015 
Wisconsin-grown grapes could be source for health supplement
Nine varieties of grapes are being grown in a two-acre test plot west of Plover.
A chemical found naturally in grapes may provide a new source of income for Wisconsin farmers and a new value-added export for the state. A collaborative project that draws on the fermentation and chemical analyses expertise of WIST, the local agricultural knowledge of Okray's Plover Farms and the viticulture experience of California wine producer Terra Spase is testing possibilities of producing the chemical in cold-climate tolerant grapes.

Read more about the project in this Stevens Point Journal article
Concepts and technologies in biomass bioeconomy
New five-day course covers interdisciplinary aspects
The five-day course aims to familiarize participants with the integrated, interdisciplinary approach required in modern biotechnology. This course will be team-taught by microbial physiologists, biochemical engineers and bio-entrepreneurs from UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff, together with invited experts from other universities and industry. These accomplished instructors will cover a combination of theoretical and practical work, resulting in an intensive and in-depth treatment of the subject of conversion of biomass to bioproducts. At the same time, the course provides the necessary link between, on one hand, fundamental subjects (e.g. microbial physiology/genetic engineering) and, on the other hand, practical applications in large-scale biotechnological processes. 

The course will be taught at UW-Stevens Point August 24-28. Early registration through August 3 is $2,720; that's a savings of 20 percent off the regular course fee of $3,400.

Detailed information about the course is on our website

Register online here
Laboratory Services and WIST Education having busy summer
Recyclability and Repulpability
WIST and IPS Testing together perform the Recyclability and Repulpability Protocol of the Fibre Box Association. The protocol includes trial runs at pilot scale in the UW-Stevens Point paper plant. Contact Lindsey Hoffman, WIST Laboratory and Papermaking Project Specialist, to learn more.
Casey and student on machine
Hands-on Papermaking offered in August
We're offering another session of our popular Hands-On Papermaking Course in August -- Register now to save $400 off the full course fee. Click here for more details. And view information about other upcoming courses here.
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