Indian researchers see opportunities in sorghum for ethanol and bioplastics

July 24, 2018 |

In India, ICRISAT researchers have found that sorghum could be used in existing sugarcane mills to produce ethanol and co-generated power without having to make any adaptations, allowing farmers and mills to switch to the more water efficient crop. Field trials with 10,000 farmers in Telegana using in-field crushing supplied juice to ethanol distilleries and received higher prices for the bagasse compared to sugarcane. With a dozen proposed ethanol plants expecting to use sorghum as feedstock, researchers are looking at the possibility of using the ethanol produced for bio-plastics as well.

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