Navigation Links
Growing sorghum for biofuel
Date:11/10/2010

MADISON, WI November 8, 2010 -- Conversion of sorghum grass to ethanol has increased with the interest in renewable fuel sources. Researchers at Iowa State University examined 12 varieties of sorghum grass grown in single and double cropping systems. The experiment was designed to test the efficiency of double cropping sorghum grass to increase its yield for biofuel production.

The author of the report, Ben Goff, found that using sorghum from a single-cropping system was more effective for the production of ethanol. Since most of the ethanol currently produced in the United States is derived from corn, Goff suggests that corn may not be able to meet the energy needs of the country. According to the study, only 15 to 25% of the energy requirements would be fulfilled using corn or starch-based ethanol; however, ethanol produced from cellulose could be more effective than previous biofuels.

Goff states that from a production standpoint, growing sorghum as a sole crop is more efficient for ethanol production, however, it remains to be seen whether the favorable long-term environmental benefits, such as reduced erosion potential, of the double-cropping systems merits the reduced total biomass production.

Although certain genotypes of sorghum from the double-cropping system yielded total biomass equal to those in the single-cropping study, all of the sorghum varieties in the single-cropping system had consistently higher ethanol yields.

The author theorizes that these altered chemical compositions could be attributed to the different cropping systems.

Goff recommends that further research on double-cropping systems for ethanol production should focus on efforts to maximize production of sorghum, such as incorporating a winter crop that matures earlier in the season. This would allow planting of the sorghum closer to its optimal date and capitalize on its ability to produce greater and higher-quality biomass over a
'/>"/>

Contact: Sara Uttech
suttech@sciencesocieties.org
608-268-4948
American Society of Agronomy
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Researchers discover that growing up too fast may mean dying young in honey bees
2. Growing a garden of future environmental leaders
3. Green coffee-growing practices buffer climate-change impacts
4. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing role of molecular diagnostics
5. Inmates conduct ecological research on slow-growing mosses
6. Fertilizers -- a growing threat to sea life
7. Growing fuel and medicine: Advancing biofuels and plant-produced therapeutics
8. Coral reefs found growing in cold, deep ocean
9. Ocean growing more acidic faster than once thought
10. GEN reports growing focus on PI3-kinase pathway in cancer research
11. GEN reports on growing reliance on microfluidics technology
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/16/2014)... Center for Children,s Environmental Health at the Mailman School ... association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two ... Results appear online in the journal Environmental Health ... during pregnancy to higher levels of the chemicals, butylbenzyl ... percent and 78 percent increase in risk of developing ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have discovered the "molecular brakes" that ... ear cochleas of mice. These "hair cells" translate sound ... brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement ... , A summary of the research will be published ... 16. , "The proteins Hey1 and Hey2 act as ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... has its own bacterial identity. That,s the conclusion of ... who studied the genetic fingerprints of bacteria on 57 ... "This study demonstrates for the first time that host ... strategies possess very different microbial communities on their leaves," ... researcher in the UO,s Institute of Ecology and Evolution ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma 2Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma 3Hey1 and Hey2 ensure inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place 2Microbiome research shows each tree species has a unique bacterial identity 2
... a common vaginal infection linked to preterm birth appears ... to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study ... Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Boston. ... risk of preterm birth goes up, said Hyagriv Simhan, ...
... -- The striking differences between humans and chimps arent so much ... but in the way those genes are used, according to new ... the same set of notes being played in very different ways. ... and other primates those involving brains and diet gene ...
... motor in cochlea hair cells dominates the process of ... the cilia atop those cells dominates the response in ... cells in the inner ear amplify sound in mammals ... bouncing cell bodies rather than vibrating, hair-like cilia, according ...
Cached Biology News:Risk of common vaginal infection linked to preterm birth appears higher for blacks 2Gene regulation, not just genes, is what sets humans apart 2Gene regulation, not just genes, is what sets humans apart 3St. Jude study solves mystery of mammalian ears 2St. Jude study solves mystery of mammalian ears 3
(Date:9/18/2014)... for computing may have just taken an encouraging step ... led by chemist Stephen O,Brien have discovered new complex ... Combining both properties is very exciting scientifically for the ... devices that might ultimately be designed, in logic circuits ... material, however, has proved difficult until now. , Using ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. , Sept. 17, 2014  PDL ... notified by its independent registered accounting firm, Ernst & Young ... The resignation was confirmed in a letter delivered to the ... 8-K filed on September 16, 2014.  PDL ... "We have received a number of inquiries on ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... N.J. , Sept. 17, 2014 Aethlon ... therapeutic devices to address infectious disease, cancer and other ... (ESI), disclosed today that each company will be presenting ... On September 18 th , Sahil Shah ... "Exosomes: A Multiplexed Platform for Clinical Management." ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... -- BioClinica®, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced clinical ... its experts are speaking at the 20th Annual ... held September 28 to October 1 in ... the innovative Compass technology, a risk-based monitoring ... earlier this year, is up for the Technology ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Oxides discovered by CCNY team could advance memory devices 2PDL BioPharma Issues Statement on Resignation of Ernst and Young as Corporate Auditors 2PDL BioPharma Issues Statement on Resignation of Ernst and Young as Corporate Auditors 3Aethlon Medical and Exosome Sciences To Present at the Exosomes & SingleCell Analysis Summit 2Aethlon Medical and Exosome Sciences To Present at the Exosomes & SingleCell Analysis Summit 3BioClinica to Present at 20th Annual SCDM Conference 2BioClinica to Present at 20th Annual SCDM Conference 3
... Recognition Algorithm Detects and Compensates for ... Irregularities and ... the addition of VeriEye iris recognition technology to the,company,s ... SDK features an advanced iris recognition,algorithm that rapidly detects ...
... Amsterdam,Molecular Therapeutics (Euronext: AMT), a leader in the ... obtained a license from ,TIGET, San,Raffaele Telethon Institute ... to prevent immune responses against gene therapy for ... development of AMT-060,(AMT,s AAV-based gene therapy for this ...
... Oncology-Baylor Charles A.,Sammons Cancer Center, a member of ... Award at the recent 44th American Society of,Clinical ... was one of,only 10 community oncology practices to ... consecutive year that practices affiliated with US,Oncology have ...
Cached Biology Technology:New VeriEye SDK from Neurotechnology Enables Development of Reliable, Cost-effective Biometric Iris Recognition Systems 2New VeriEye SDK from Neurotechnology Enables Development of Reliable, Cost-effective Biometric Iris Recognition Systems 3AMT Makes Important Advance in the Development of its Gene Therapy for Hemophilia B -Company Accesses Technology to Prevent Immune Response 2AMT Makes Important Advance in the Development of its Gene Therapy for Hemophilia B -Company Accesses Technology to Prevent Immune Response 3Texas Oncology-Baylor Sammons Cancer Center Recognized for Highest Commitment to Clinical Research at ASCO 2
... is essential for hunting and analyzing ... such as EST sequencing projects, microarrays, ... are not well suited for the ... TRIMMER kit, though, is specially developed ...
... SNP loci identification through targeting resequencing. ... design, intensive assay validation/optimization, high throughput ... or customer-supplied samples and sequence alignment ... for rapid and highly accurate identification ...
... Application: The Panorama Mouse/Rat Tissue Extract ... protein expression in various tissue extracts. The ... is detected using a protein specific antibody. ... binding is visualized by a sensitive chemiluminescent ...
... 6 delivers enhanced statistics and statistical ... quality improvement managers. As an accepted ... 6 simplifies statistics for novice users ... by experts. It offers a powerful ...
Biology Products: