3 August 2012

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Scientists in Texas explore Panicum hallii as an alternative energy source to oil and gasoline

A biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.

The project, which is being led by Tom Juenger, is looking in particular at “panicgrass,” which is native to Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. The grass is useful as a proxy for studying the genetics and physiology of switchgrass, one of the most likely sources of biofuel in the near future.

… Full Text: www.soyatech.com/news_story.php?id=28277

Tags: Panicum hallii, Panicum virgatum, bioenergy, climate change, bioenergy crops

Source: Soyatech, 2012-08-03.

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