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Title: Establishment of perennial grass species for cellulosic biofuel production in Georgia

item CUTTS, TREY - University Of Georgia
item Anderson, William - Bill

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/17/2009
Publication Date: 9/17/2009
Citation: Cutts, T., Anderson, W.F. 2009. Establishment of perennial grass species for cellulosic biofuel production in Georgia. Meeting Abstract.

Interpretive Summary: not required

Technical Abstract: In order for biofuels to become a viable alternative energy source in the state of Georgia, appropriate feed stocks must be developed to supply this burgeoning industry. Georgia is optimum for biomass production because of its warm subtropical climate, large number of growing degree days, and an established diverse agricultural industry. Several alternative crops are being evaluated by the University of Georgia and USDA-ARS as potential feed stocks for cellulosic ethanol production. Among these include perennial grass species such as miscanthus (Miscanthus spp.), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), energy cane (saccharum L.), and napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum Schum.). Current agronomic work is now focusing on methods of establishment and best management practices for these species. These uncertainties could affect the biomass chemical quality that is needed for an efficient breakdown of cellulose and fermentation of sugars in the process to derive ethanol.