Research: Establishing China-US Collaborations in Agricultural Environments and Renewable Energy

Establishing China-US Collaborations in Agricultural Environments and Renewable Energy (Drs. Zhao, Li, Martin, and Christy)

OSU established International Collaboration Gateway Grant in 2010. China and the U.S. are the two largest GHG emitters and, together, have the greatest need to reduce GHG emissions. Collaborative research and exchange among academic institutions is very important for industry and government cooperation between the two countries. We have conducted scientific exchange and established fruitful collaborations with China under the OSU Gateway Grant.

Agriculture plays an important role in sustainable environment and energy. China and the U.S. are the two largest GHG emitters and, together, have the greatest need to reduce GHG emissions. Collaborative research and exchange among academic institutions is very important for industry and government cooperation between the two countries.

With the support of the OSU International Collaboration Gateway Grant, four faculty of FABE with research expertise in anaerobic digestion, ammonia recovery, greenhouse gas mitigation, and microbial fuel cell had traveled to China and conducted an intensive and extensive scientific exchange with researchers of top Chinese research institute and universities. Several fruitful collaborations had been established, such as four groups of Chinese top researchers had visited us; we are hosting Chinese visiting scholars; and potential proposal collaboration are in discussions. 

Through this project, we are connected with top peers in China in agricultural environment and energy areas. Preliminary collaborations had been established. The likely impacts of the project are (1) enhanced capabilities of OSU faculty to conduct cutting-edge international research and education in renewable energy and GHG emissions; (2)  future students with multidisciplinary training and global perspectives, who will lead the agricultural industry to convert the environmental and energy challenges into opportunities; (3) more sustainable agricultural operations in the U.S. and China that can transform waste into renewable energy and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and ammonia; and (4) stepping stones and gateways for further OSU research and education collaboration with China.