Tag: switchgrass

Researchers switchgrass can be adapted to expand its habitat range

Researchers switchgrass can be adapted to expand its habitat range

April 13, 2022 |

In Texas, a collaborative team led by researchers at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (HudsonAlpha), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, has discovered that the candidate bioenergy feedstock switchgrass has adapted to expand its habitat range. […]

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Michigan State researchers show how switchgrass can mitigate climate change effects

Michigan State researchers show how switchgrass can mitigate climate change effects

March 21, 2022 |

In Michigan, newly published Michigan State University research details how switchgrass can mitigate effects of climate change when grown on marginal land — agricultural land of little value. For farmers, it may also provide economic returns in these otherwise unproductive spaces. Lignocellulosic biofuels, which are made from plant biomass, are one of the only current […]

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ORNL researchers add gene into switchgrass allowing it to interact with beneficial fungus

ORNL researchers add gene into switchgrass allowing it to interact with beneficial fungus

December 15, 2021 |

In Tennessee, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team has successfully introduced a poplar gene into switchgrass, an important biofuel source, that allows switchgrass to interact with a beneficial fungus, ultimately boosting the grass’ growth and viability in changing environments. Scientists observed the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as it enveloped the plant’s roots. This behavior, not […]

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ORNL researchers introduce poplar gene into switchgrass to allow for fungus interaction

ORNL researchers introduce poplar gene into switchgrass to allow for fungus interaction

October 5, 2021 |

In Tennessee, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team has successfully introduced a poplar gene into switchgrass, an important biofuel source, that allows switchgrass to interact with a beneficial fungus, ultimately boosting the grass’s growth and viability in changing environments.  Scientists observed the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as it enveloped the plant’s roots. This behavior, not […]

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PNNL researchers find soil better captures carbon with switchgrass than corn

PNNL researchers find soil better captures carbon with switchgrass than corn

March 11, 2021 |

In Washington state, most of the carbon contained in soil is in the form of organic matter. The composition of this matter is determined by plants, microbes, and soil. However, scientists do not fully understand how variation in plant inputs, the structure of microbial communities, and the physical and chemical attributes of soil interact to […]

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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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