Group seeks to develop tobacco variety for biofuels production

05/15/2011 | Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)

Tyton BioSciences is developing a type of tobacco that has the potential to produce "both ethanol and biodiesel at yields that far surpass the traditional crops of corn and soy," said Peter Majeranowski, the group's founder and managing director. The biotech tobacco will allow farmers to plant between 80,000 to 100,000 plants per acre, compared to the average of 6,000 plants per acre for smoking-grade tobacco. It can be harvested by machines and processed without the drying process required by smoking-grade tobacco, Majeranowski added.

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