Researchers create genetic map of promising biofuel candidate.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Athens, Ga -- By creating a “road map” of the genome of a hybrid grass in the genus Miscanthus (known as “Miscanthus x giganteus“), researchers at the University of Georgia have made a new contribution to the effort to find sources of clean, renewable energy. The plant is a natural candidate for biomass farming with promise as a source of ethanol and bio-energy. It requires very little fertilizer, has sugarcane-like stalks that grow more than 12 feet high in soil of marginal quality, and grows well across much of the United States, Europe and Asia. Changsoo Kim, a post-doc in the UGA Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, created the map. It can now serve as a diagnostic tool for making the plant an even better biofuel crop. UGA professor Andrew…
Georgia researchers have teamed up with the University of Puerto Rico to create a renewable energy center.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Algae has many advantages for the production of biofuel. It grows fast, can make a home in almost any watery environment--including wastewater--and doesn't compete for resources with food crops--making it one of the most promising fuel sources for renewable energy. To help realize this promise, the University of Georgia and the University of Puerto Rico are launching a center in San Juan, aiming to provide power to Puerto Rico and reduce fossil fuel dependence in the U.S. The Defense Department is funding the $4 million project. "As an island completely dependent on imported energy, Puerto Rico and its entire industrial base is keenly interested in a renewable domestically produced energy source," says UGA engineering professor Ryan …