Saturday, June 09, 2007

Prairie Cordgrass for Cellulosic Ethanol on the Northern Plains

On the northern plains, cordgrass may yield the best for cellulosic ethanol, while other regions will do better with switchgrass or miscanthus. Cropping systems and crop selections need to be developed for every different region of north America. The potential is huge for cellulosic ethanol if we optimize it in this way. -- Jeffrey Goettemoeller
Newswise Science News | Prairie Cordgrass for Cellulosic Ethanol Production:
June 8, 2007 -- South Dakota State University
"Even unimproved genotypes of prairie cordgrass have produced nearly 10 tons of dry matter in SDSU forage breeder Arvid Boe's experimental trials in recent years. That is roughly twice as much as the best switchgrass will produce in South Dakota."

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