Navigation Links
Ceres and Texas A&M to develop and market high-biomass sorghum for biofuels
Date:10/5/2007

COLLEGE STATION - Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station of The Texas A&M University System announced Oct. 1 that they have entered into an exclusive, multi-year joint research and commercialization agreement for high biomass sorghum.

These plants are not designed to produce grain, but rather vast amounts of biomass the raw material for a new generation of biofuels made from stems, stalks and leaves.

Today, sorghum-to-ethanol production uses the grain, like corn, but the plants themselves hold the greatest potential for biofuel production, says Peter Mascia, Ceres Vice President of Product Development. He notes that new technologies are making it possible to utilize the carbohydrates that comprise plant cell walls, called cellulose.

"As these technologies mature, farmers will transition from growing as much grain per acre to producing as much biomass as they can per acre, with as little energy and agronomic inputs as possible. This means new crops and specialized hybrids like these high-biomass sorghum types will be needed," Mascia said.

Plant scientist Dr. Bill Rooney of the A&M System's Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (TAES) says that sorghum is a near-ideal crop for cellulosic biofuels.

"Sorghum produces high yields, is naturally drought tolerant and can thrive in places that do not support corn and other food crops.

Sorghum also fits into established production systems and is harvested the year it is planted, unlike perennial grasses, so it fits well in a crop mix with perennial species and existing crops, like cotton," said Rooney.

A pioneer in developing high-biomass sorghum, Rooney's first breeding lines the precursors to hybrids can approach 20 feet under favorable conditions, he says, and could produce more than 2,000 gallons of ethanol per acre more than four times the current starch-to-ethanol process.

To accelerate product develop
'/>"/>

Contact: Jason Cook
jason.cook@tamu.edu
979-862-7346
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Sugar beet virus mutation requires Texas touch
2. Research suggests fitness of Florida panthers improved by limited breeding with Texas animals
3. Texas scientists discover how a hepatitis C protein promotes liver cancer
4. Fire ant-attacking fly spreading rapidly in Texas
5. A much-needed shot in the arm for HIV vaccine development
6. Clam embryo study shows pollutant mixture adversely affects nerve cell development
7. Weizmann Institute scientists develop a new approach for directing treatment to metastasized prostate cancer in the bones.
8. Protein Packages Found To Activate Genes; May Be What Regulates Development And Disease
9. Scientists develop new color-coded test for protein folding
10. Gene Vaccine Protects Mice Against Development Of Her2/neu Breast Cancer
11. Development of portable infectious disease detector
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/4/2014)... — Think about the way our bodies are assembled ... know that they are supposed to become a nerve ... find the correct place and alignment? Researchers at the ... , In a new study, UM researchers describe the ... surrounding neighbors, at the head-trunk region. Their discovery may ...
(Date:11/4/2014)... – (Nov. 4, 2014) – A majority of Madagascar,s ... that could have serious consequences for the rainforests they ... shows the positive impacts lemurs can have on rainforest ... their disappearance could have on the region,s rich biodiversity. ... have fruits eaten by lemurs. Lemurs in turn ...
(Date:11/3/2014)... Center study published in this month,s ... the activity of a recently discovered communication molecule of ... has been known to limit inflammation and the current ... IL-37 inhibits the ability of the immune system to ... that underlies IL-37,s effect on the immune system now ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The inside story: How the brain and skull stay together 2Gardeners of Madagascar rainforest at risk 2Gardeners of Madagascar rainforest at risk 3PNAS: From HIV to cancer, IL-37 regulates immune system 2
... The disappearance of reliable healthcare services in New Orleans ... choice but to seek treatment in emergency rooms across ... University of Louisiana,s Center for Minority Health & Health ... of New Orleans (DCSNO) and the Children,s Health Fund ...
... of new satellite data visualizations that show tens ... since 2002. The visualizations show fire observations made ... instruments onboard NASA,s Terra and Aqua satellites. ... aircraft and ground resources to observe and analyze ...
... hurricanes destroy huge amounts of forest every year and ... but scientists are now learning more about another force ... conclude in a new study that the albedo effect, ... space, is important in the climatic significance of several ...
Cached Biology News:Partnership delivers asthma care to children whose care centers were flooded by Katrina 2Partnership delivers asthma care to children whose care centers were flooded by Katrina 3Partnership delivers asthma care to children whose care centers were flooded by Katrina 4NASA releases visual tour of Earth's fires 2NASA releases visual tour of Earth's fires 3'Albedo effect' in forest disturbances can cause added warming, bonus cooling 2'Albedo effect' in forest disturbances can cause added warming, bonus cooling 3
(Date:11/24/2014)... November 24, 2014 Senior Vice ... for dynamic leadership skills, business acumen ... medical information products and services, congratulates Diane Bartoli ... Reference and Workflow, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, for being recognized ... ® Awards issue of Profiles in Diversity ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 During his ... understood the need to surround himself with great people ... and entrepreneur, his friends often marveled at his extraordinarily ... lived his life and -- even with his death ... the Alzheimer’s disease that would ultimately take his life. ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 RURO, ... solutions provider, has released Limfinity® version 5.1.4. , ... projects of Limfinity® than ever in RURO’s 8 ... and minority framework enhancement. Limfinity® version 5.1.4 is ... above and beyond bug fixes! , Limfinity® 5.1.4 ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... November 22, 2014 Respiratory therapy ... the proper management of life-like respiratory ailments using ... devices . Grand Rapids-based, Michigan Instruments Inc. developers ... two of the respiratory simulation units to the ... Grand Valley and Muskegon Community College are collaborating ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Diane Bartoli Featured In Profiles in Diversity Journal's 13th Annual Women Worth Watching Issue 2Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Diane Bartoli Featured In Profiles in Diversity Journal's 13th Annual Women Worth Watching Issue 3Sherry Sharp, Wife of CarMax Founder, Richard Sharp, Accepts Seat on Board of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund 2Sherry Sharp, Wife of CarMax Founder, Richard Sharp, Accepts Seat on Board of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund 3RURO Announces Limfinity® version 5.1.4 2Michigan Instruments Donates Two Respiratory Simulation Training and Test Lung (TTL) Devices to Grand Valley State University 2Michigan Instruments Donates Two Respiratory Simulation Training and Test Lung (TTL) Devices to Grand Valley State University 3
... ... Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. (STC) today announced that it has ... in the work-place can now contract for Environmental, Health and Safety ... diversity has been consistently shown to positively influence bottom-line results, just ...
... 21 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Pharmaxis Ltd (ASX: PXS) will release,its June ... July 2009. Dr Alan Robertson will host an investor ... questions. , The teleconference will be ... 6.00pm U.S. East Coast, 3.00pm U.S. West Coast). , , ...
... SHANGHAI, July 20 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- WuXi PharmaTech ... biotechnology and medical device R&D,outsourcing company with operations in ... release financial results for the second quarter of,2009 after ... 11, 2009,(which will be Wednesday morning, August 12, 2009 ...
Cached Biology Technology:Specialty Technical Consultants becomes Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) 2Specialty Technical Consultants becomes Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) 3WuXi PharmaTech Schedules Second-Quarter 2009 Earnings Release 2
ExonBio Service provides one-stop recobinant protein shopping from cloning, expression and purification. Price including gene cloning....
TRBP1 Antibody...
Request Info...
Tracker Datamatrix TRxD reads any 1D and 2D barcodes within 0.5 seconds....
Biology Products: