Ethanol researchers plant 1,000 acres of switch grass

09/10/2009 | Forbes

The Oklahoma Bioenergy Center invested $2.2 million in fields of switch grass to determine whether the crop provides an economically viable alternative to corn-based ethanol. The 1,000-acre project allows researchers to study the non-food crop that would produce cellulosic ethanol. An advantage of switch grass over corn is that it does not need to be replanted every year. It also requires less water and fertilizer.

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