Location: Plant Introduction Research
Project Number: 5030-21000-050-13-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jun 1, 2009
End Date: May 31, 2013
Evaluate and develop germplasm and scientific information that support the use of maize for silage and as a feedstock for biofuel.
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.