In Oklahoma, Danielle Bellmer, an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the South Central Sun Grant Program to develop biofuels from sweet sorghum. Benefits of sweet sorghum include high-energy content, drought resistance and adaptation to multiple climates and soil conditions. Sweet sorghum can also provide fermentable sugar, cellulose and starch with a relatively short harvest window. Bellmer’s research is examining the potential to combine sweet sorghum with sugar beets to make the biofuel production process more economically viable.
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