Tag: switchgrass

University of North Florida researcher awarded USDA grant to study switchgrass for biofuel

University of North Florida researcher awarded USDA grant to study switchgrass for biofuel

June 5, 2019 |

In Florida, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. The study aims to provide new insight into the factors that regulate the productivity and sustainability of […]

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Pre-winter switchgrass harvest produces better ethanol yields

Pre-winter switchgrass harvest produces better ethanol yields

September 22, 2018 |

In Michigan, researchers from Michigan Technological University, University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University are looking at Wisconsin switchgrass to better understand the costs and benefits to harvesting at various points in the season. Comparing data from samples collected every two to three weeks from the switchgrass fields against biofuel yield data […]

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UofI researchers lead $5 million switchgrass study

UofI researchers lead $5 million switchgrass study

September 19, 2018 |

In Illinois, a University of Illinois crop scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-ready fuels and other valuable products. They were awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a study titled “Next-Generation […]

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GMO switchgrass has no negative effect on soil

GMO switchgrass has no negative effect on soil

March 3, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., researchers with the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) genetically modified switchgrass to produce less lignin to improve ethanol conversion and found that the long-term effects of the modified lignin had no negative impacts on the soil. The study looked at the impact on soil over two to five years and concluded that there […]

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Colorado State University study shows switchgrass holds promise for biofuels

Colorado State University study shows switchgrass holds promise for biofuels

February 28, 2018 |

In Colorado, a study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per mega-joule — the standard […]

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University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

February 14, 2018 |

In Georgia, a research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. In a paper published recently in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene […]

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Rainfall and droughts turn biofuel crops sugar into toxins, not biofuel

Rainfall and droughts turn biofuel crops sugar into toxins, not biofuel

September 9, 2017 |

In Michigan, researchers found that rainfall and weather conditions greatly affected crop yields for biofuel crops like switchgrass and corn stover, resulting in composition changes during biofuel production. While the plants produced more sugar after a major drought and after two years of normal rainfall, the sugar ended up producing toxic compounds instead of biofuel. […]

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Clemson gets USDA grant to evaluate biofuels effect on climate change

Clemson gets USDA grant to evaluate biofuels effect on climate change

August 26, 2017 |

In South Carolina, Clemson University received a $147,744, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to analyze how switchgrass fields and loblolly pine forests affect local temperatures through the exchange of water, energy, radiation and carbon with the atmosphere. The purpose of the project and grant is […]

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Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

May 25, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are looking at how switchgrass might be successfully grown on former strip mining lands, of which there are many in the state, to help begin bringing life back and providing value from biofuel or ethanol at the same time. After reviewing test results and his colleagues’ recommendations, the lead connected […]

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Midwest researchers find wheat diseases can crossover to switchgrass

Midwest researchers find wheat diseases can crossover to switchgrass

January 17, 2017 |

In Michigan, in the current issue of the Journal of Ecology, researchers from Michigan State University, University of Kansas and University of Virginia show that farmers and scientists need to think about how best to protect native plants from diseases emanating from crops. “Crop fields were once considered tiny islands in a sea of wild […]

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