Grasses

Miscanthus 2.4 times more productive than switchgrass January 2017

Miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, could yield more than twice as much as switchgrass in the U.S. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Swapping wheat straw with switchgrass to grow mushrooms March 2016

Mushroom growers can substitute switchgrass for wheat straw when they’re growing their crops without impacting yield or quality. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Biomass harvest from grasslands could conserve the environment February 2016

A new long-term research study shows the potential for biomass production from perennial grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Bio-designing yeast to improve biofuels February 2016

Scientists have engineered a new strain of yeast designed to create biofuel from switchgrass, turning the collected cellulosic biomass into an energy alternative. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions January 2016

Researchers have found that the renewable fuel standard's greater emphasis on second-generation biofuel can reduce emissions greatly despite economics. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Marginal soil can make for good biofuel crops October 2015

Lawrence Livermore scientists are studying switchgrass, which can grow and propagate in marginal soils, making it a good candidate for biofuel production. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Biodiversity has little impact on switchgrass and prairie grass production for bioenergy use October 2015

MSU study reveals that species diversity has no substantial impact on production of switchgrass and prairie grass. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Aemetis achieves milestones in advanced feedstock for biofuels September 2015

Aemetis, Inc. has harvested 12- to 15- foot tall biomass sorghum grown in Central California, produced using proprietary genetics. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Livestock bedding offers markets for miscanthus, switchgrass growers June 2015

Farmers in search of bedding alternatives for their livestock and poultry may have found it in biomass crops like miscanthus and switchgrass. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Ontario farmers being pointed to wheat straw alternatives May 2015

Turbulent market prices and poor weather are forcing wheat farmers in Ontario to improvise - but the latest solutions seem too good to be true. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Ontario’s biomass industry ready to grow by seeking new markets April 2015

After thorough initial research, the biomass industry is now working to build and expand markets for crops that can be grown for energy. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Will miscanthus crop live up to the promises? February 2015

Giant miscanthus is a sterile hybrid, warm-season grass that can be converted into energy for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and biobased products. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

A steady pace of cellulosic ethanol research in Peoria October 2014

Switchgrass' biofuel potential stemsrom its wide adaptability and high yields, the relatively low level of inputs required for biofuel production and conversion, and its ability to sequester carbon in soils for extended periods. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

New switchgrass variety promises more biofuel at lower cost

Liberty, a new type of switchgrass developed by the ARS, can potentially yield as much as 75 to 160 more gallons of ethanol per acre han previously possible. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Helping switchgrass survive winter will boost its biofuel potential August 2014

If switchgrass could better endure northern United States’ winters, the plant could be an even better source for clean energy. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

WVU biology professor to study the genetics of biomass accumulation for bioenergy July 2014

The branches that initiate near the base of grass plants, called tillers, could hold the key to a more efficient way to create biomass that can ultimately be converted into biofuel. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

New UGA Research Engineers Microbes for the Direct Conversion of Biomass to Fuel June 2014

A professor at UGA has succeeded in genetically engineering the organism C. bescii to deconstruct un-pretreated plant biomass. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Agricultural planning in biofuel production January 2014

When selecting biofuel crops, focusing too much on yield can create additional problems relating to diversity, insect populations and more. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Decade long report on U.S. bioenergy grasses released December 2013

The first long-term U.S. field trials of Miscanthus was found to have yields more than twice those of swithgrass over a 10 year period. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Sorghum in Canada November 2013

Agriculture Environmental Renewal Canada is developing hybrid sorghum plants adapted to Canadian climates for use across the country. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

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