Tag: switchgrass

Switching to switchgrass – will DOE and USDA funding turn switchgrass into a Rockstar biofuel feedstock?

Switching to switchgrass – will DOE and USDA funding turn switchgrass into a Rockstar biofuel feedstock?

September 27, 2020 |

Australian rock band AC/DC was on a roll with several record hits like ‘Back in Black’ and ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’ in the early 1980s, until that is, the ‘Flick of the Switch’ in 1983 that some rock critics say was the beginning of the end for them and a “commercial […]

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Texan researchers work to boost viability of switchgrass as biofuel feedstock

Texan researchers work to boost viability of switchgrass as biofuel feedstock

September 2, 2020 |

In Texas, a team of scientists from nine universities and research facilities hope to find out how to make switchgrass — a fast-growing perennial native to the U.S. — into a biofuel powerhouse. It’s part of new project from the U.S. Department of Energy. In nature, switchgrass sequesters carbon underground in its roots, produces cellulose […]

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High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

August 13, 2020 |

In Michigan, high yielding switchgrass varieties that require minimal nitrogen fertilization are crucial to bioenergy research because of their economically and environmentally sustainable qualities. Switchgrass, like other perennial grasses, extracts nitrogen from soils by growing long roots and by forming relationships with root fungi. Switchgrass also associates with microbes that can fix nitrogen, i.e., take […]

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Clemson University researchers gets $500,000 grant to genetically improve switchgrass

Clemson University researchers gets $500,000 grant to genetically improve switchgrass

October 17, 2019 |

In South Carolina, a Clemson University researcher has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. These perennial plants represent a multibillion-dollar segment of the U.S. agricultural economy. A key challenge to engineering better turf and switchgrass […]

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Genera repositions itself, gets $118M investment – Movin’ on up to get a piece of the pie

Genera repositions itself, gets $118M investment – Movin’ on up to get a piece of the pie

July 25, 2019 |

Like The Jeffersons, one of the longest running sitcoms from the 1970s and 80s, Genera is movin’ on up. While they aren’t moving “to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky”, they are located in East Tennessee and Genera certainly “got a piece of the pie.” And a big pie at that. […]

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Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

June 30, 2019 |

In Idaho, a new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions. Researchers modeled the cost reductions achieved by leveraging ILM strategies in Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois watersheds. Those strategies included switching to low-cost bioenergy crops […]

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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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