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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Development of Maize Inbreds, Hybrids & Enhanced Gem Breeding Populations for Superior Silage, Biofeedstock Yield & Compositional Attributes

Location: North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, Iowa

Project Number: 3625-21000-050-13
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 01, 2009
End Date: May 31, 2013

Objective:
Evaluate and develop germplasm and scientific information that support the use of maize for silage and as a feedstock for biofuel.

Approach:
Three approaches will be used and consist of development of the GEM Quality Synthetic (GQS) population through recurrent selection, development of superior inbreds for silage yield and nutritional attributes through pedigree breeding methods, and identification and release of germplasm with lignocellulosic ethanol potential for use as a biofeedstock. Analytical methods used include conventional silage yield trials and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for silage attributes, and for ethanol measurement.

Last Modified: 7/23/2014
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