Location: Grain, Forage, and Bioenergy Research
Project Number: 3042-21000-030-07-N
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jul 18, 2011
End Date: Jul 18, 2016
The objective of this cooperative technology transfer project is to transfer near infrared reflectance spectrometry (NIRS) calibrations for switchgrass composition developed by the Grain, Forage, and Bioenergy Research Unit (GFBRU), Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (ARS) to other public and private laboratories conducting research on developing switchgrass into a biomass energy crop and to industries who are using or will use switchgrass for biomass energy.
ARS will provide its switchgrass NIRS calibrations and associated technology to the NIRS Forage and Feed Testing Consortium (NIRSC) who will make them available to its members. The NIRS Consortium (NIRSC) is an association of commercial laboratories, universities, government groups, plant research companies, and instrument companies. The consortium members collaborates together to unify knowledge, accuracy, and application of NIRS technology. Laboratories share in efforts and costs to produce standardized calibrations for use. The NIRSC supports its members in use of calibrations and instrumentation to determine composition of agricultural products. NIRSC requires its members to meet specific laboratory standards to ensure accuracy of the NIRS analytical results.