FDA approves Arundo donax, Chemtex plant gets green light

July 8, 2013 |

In North Carolina, the FDA has signed off on the use of Arundo donax as a biofuel crop, which is the crop utilized by a $200 million Chemtex plant expected to be operational by mid-2015. The feedstock, which will be used to create cellulosic fuel, is a perennial cane that is prized for its fast growth rate and adaptability to different soil types and climates. The North Carolina Farm Bureau, N.C. Agribusiness Council, N.C. Pork Council, Biofuels Center of North Carolina and N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler supported the approval of Arundo donax.

 

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