Grass beats corn, say biofuels researchers

July 19, 2011 |

In Colorado, researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Illinois have released a report suggesting the production of biofuels from grasses is a more economical and better environmental option than corn.

The researchers found that growing a grass species, such as switchgrass, on the same land area as used to grow corn increase ethanol production, decrease nitrogen leaching and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Replacing corn with perennial grasses could also increase regional food and fuel production without causing additional indirect land use changes.

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