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Marginal soil can make for good biofuel crops

Switchgrass, a perennial native to the tallgrass prairie, is one of the most promising bioenergy crops in the United States, with potential to provide high-yield biomass on marginal soils unsuitable for traditional agricultural ...

dateOct 23, 2015 in Biotechnology
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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 were infected ...

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 of Illinois ...

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 of a "one-pot" ...

dateAug 14, 2013 in Materials Science
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