North Carolina Biotechnology Center begins three-year sorghum research for fuel and chemicals

October 18, 2016 |

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The project, involving scientists at land-grant universities in two Southeastern states and numerous industry partners, is enabled by the grant to NCBiotech’s Biotechnology Crop Commercialization Center (BCCC). The award was the largest of seven announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). It’s also the only award that didn’t go to a university – a testament to the specialized capabilities and personnel at the predominantly state-funded Biotech Center.

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