A research project has been designed to examine the economic feasibility of utilizing switchgrass in a dual-purpose production system that allows for 1) springtime grazing by stocker cattle and 2) fall biomass production that can be harvested and delivered to a biorefinery that will convert it into ethanol.
Over the past several years, U.S. national bioenergy policy has provided incentives for the development of large-scale production of bioenergy products produced from cellulosic biomass crops, such as switchgrass.
Plant breeding is the science of changing plant genetics to create new varieties with increased productivity or value-added traits, such as drought tolerance, nutritional value or disease resistance....
How do you grow healthier, hardier plants for livestock and people? One answer may lie in the relationship between naturally occurring, beneficial microbes and prairie grass commonly seen in the Great Plains.