DOE Gives MU $5.4 Million To Study Next Generation Biofuels

COLUMBIA – University of Missouri researchers have landed a $5.4 million Department of Energy grant to develop new biofuel crops.

The grant, awarded to MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is part of a worldwide, $125 million international project to develop the next generation of biofuel crops based on low maintenance, high yield plants.

MU scientists will field test varieties of sorghum and switchgrass that can grow in areas where corn, soy and other plants crucial to the food supply can’t be effectively cultivated.

These new crops could potentially produce six to eight billion gallons of fuel per year if planted on just 10 percent of the 100 million acres of floodplain land along the Mississippi River, said Shibu Jose, director of the MU Center for Agroforestry.

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