2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The principal objective of the project is to develop and enhance cooperative bioenergy research between USDA-ARS lead projects conducting bioenergy research on switchgrass, Sorghum, energy cane, Miscanthus, and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land with SunGrant University scientists conducting research on the same species at different locations.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
ARS scientists involved in bioenergy research on switchgrass, Sorghum, energy cane, Miscanthus, and CRP lands will attend SunGrant planning and reporting meetings and interact with scientist receiving SunGrant funds for bioenergy feedstock research, provide ARS bioenergy research accomplishment reports, reports on current research, and develop potential areas of cooperative and collaborative research where feasible. Except for initial preliminary planning sessions, ARS scientist involvement in SunGrant research has been limited because of SunGrant program imposed funding restrictions, even though ARS scientists are conducting leading research in the major energy crops.
The researchers at the USDA-ARS, Sugarcane Research Unit (SRU) provided energycane clones and agronomic advice to researchers responsible for the screening the clones to determine their adaptability to the south central United States. In March 2012, a SRU scientist participated in the SunGrant Partnership Meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana.