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First report of a new crop virus in North America

The switchgrass exhibited mosaic symptoms—splotchy, discolored leaves—characteristic of a viral infection, yet tested negative for known infections. Deep sequencing, a new technology, revealed the plants ...

dateApr 09, 2015 in Ecology
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Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soil

(Phys.org) —In addition to providing renewable energy, grass crops like switchgrass and miscanthus could store some of the carbon they pull from the atmosphere in the soil, according to a new study by University ...

dateOct 09, 2014 in Environment
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One-pot to prep biomass for biofuels

(Phys.org) —The advantages of the "one-stop" shop have long been recognized in the retailing and services industries. Similar advantages would also be realized for the biofuels industry with the development ...

dateAug 14, 2013 in Materials Science
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Biomass analysis tool is faster, more precise

A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry: determining cell wall chemistry to find plants ...

dateMar 05, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Sorghum eyed as a southern bioenergy crop

Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy ...

dateSep 17, 2012 in Biotechnology
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