Biotech Updates

Purdue Gets Nearly $1.6 M for Biofuels Crop Research

September 24, 2010

The US Department of Energy has given a grant of $16.5 million to Purdue University to conduct research on the sustainability of energy crops miscanthus, switchgrass and hybrid poplar as biofuels. "Purdue researchers will develop strategies to meet the demand for biofuel crops while promoting environmental quality and ecosystem health", said Indrajeet Chaubey, associate professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue.

The research will include studies on watershed-scale sustainability assessment of multiple energy crops in relation to soil erosion, water quality and quantity, biomass yield, profitability and aquatic biodiversity, the news article said.

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