Developed in the year 2000, Bioplex is a multi-disciplinary research project at WV State University. With the support of Senator Robert C. Byrd and funding from the US Department of Agriculture, this project addresses issues surrounding economic and environmental impacts of wastes produced by agricultural industries in WV. West Virginia poultry farms produce 145,000 tons of each year, contributing to pollution of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. WVSU scientists are focused on using anaerobic digestion technology to turn this organic waste into economic and environmental assets by developing new and unique uses. The focus of current past research includes:
Bioplex has also provided education, work and technical experience for 15 on campus students, 6 international students, 2 post doctoral research associates, and has created jobs for 2 research scientists and 4 staff members.
The Bioplex Project at WVSU has created working collaborations and partnerships with a diverse group of agencies, institutions and organizations, including:
Dr. Joseph "Max" Domaschko
Dr. David Huber
Dr. Ami Smith
Dr. Teodoro Espinosa