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OSU Receives Grants to Study Cellulosic Ethanol

August 19th, 2008

The USDA and Department of Energy recently announced plans to award 10 grants totaling more than $10 million to accelerate research in biomass genomics to further the use of cellulosic plant material for bioenergy and biofuels. Scientists at OSU are to receive two of the grants, totaling $2.4 million.

Assistant Professor of Botany, Todd Mockler says:

“Ethanol made from cellulose, instead of a food crops such as corn, is clearly one direction the future of biofuels is headed. These projects will all lay the groundwork for applied studies in this field, and give us the fundamental knowledge we need to make cellulosic ethanol more efficiently and help it become a working reality.”

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