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Peach genome offers insights into breeding strategies for biofuels crops

Peach genome offers insights into breeding strategies for biofuels crops | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate "biofuel crops" from which it is expected that cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels can be efficiently extracted.
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Peach Genome Offers Insights Into Breeding Strategies for Biofuels Crops: Dr. Bryon Sosinski of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University is part of the research team which has sequenced Prunus persica, a close relative of potential biofuel crops, poplar and willow. The new sequence data is expected to be helpful in breeding such crops. Read more | http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130324152303.htm

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Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com

Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,000 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards were determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
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Among the awards to NC State University were these, to
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- $143,787 to North Carolina State University for on-farm evaluation of perennial biofuel crops to educate farmers and cooperative extension agents through demonstrating the best economic and agronomic data for energy grasses.

- $125,375 to Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center to develop high-yield hybrids of cold-hardy sugarcanes that can be established with vegetative propagation.

- $124,628 to Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center to develop high-yield hybrids of giant miscanthus that can be established with vegetative propagation.

 

Read more | http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/9730/advanced-biofuel-feedstocks-targeted-in-n-c-research-awards

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Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields

Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina - creating North Carolina's large-scale, advanced biofuels, biorefining and bioproducts industry sector.

 

The Biofuels Center is working with NCSU scientists on this project.

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BIOFUELS: Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks

BIOFUELS: Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

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BIOFUELS: Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks | CALS researcher Dr. Candace Haigler is part of team whose groundbreaking research created a 3-D model of the plant enzyme, celullose synthase, responsible for cellulose biosynthesis. The model, based on cotton fibers, will be used to study other crops and develop crops for biofuels & other uses. The paper appears in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  |  News article  |  http://tinyurl.com/b5xr77m |  Paper in PNAS  |  http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/04/16/1301027110

 

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WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC

WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Press release from AdvantageWest January 16, 2012 – Officials with AdvantageWest and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced today that a consortium of Western North Carolina partners will receive a grant of $766,256 from the Biofuels...
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Among the consortium partners the Mountain Research Station, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the NC State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University has research projects at both locations.

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