Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol

The PETROSS team has proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production.

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Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production by two months, decreasing the cost of each gallon of fuel and increasing profits by as much as 30%.

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PETROSS leadership rank among world’s most influential researchers

PETROSS' director and associate director have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016, previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list.

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News Gazette | Feeling the burn

Atmospheric scientists, plant biologists, economists and others who study the causes and effects of climate change are concerned about the future of their research — but even more worried about Trump's campaign promise to withdraw from the global climate accords signed in Paris last year.

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Grant helps PETROSS realize “ultra-productive” biofuel crops, attract investors

Imagine—instead of acres of oil wells on barren land—endless fields of towering green sugarcane, with each stalk producing renewable and sustainable biofuel. The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to realize ultra-productive biofuel crops.

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This Genetically Modified Sugarcane Could Pump Out Cheaper Biodiesel

New research shows that sugarcane solves one of the biggest problems of biodiesel production—yield. When biodiesel fuel is made from soy, it produces a measly barrel of oil per acre of plant.

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Biodiesel from sugarcane more economical than soybean

A team led by the University of Illinois has engineered sugarcane plants to produce 12 percent oil by weight, and expect to reach 20 percent in the future. This could provide 17 barrels of oil per acre.

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Download the PETROSS Techno-Economic Analysis

Download a copy of the PETROSS techno-economic analysis, which outlines the true economic and market potential of PETROSS crops.

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Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influential

Seven University of Illinois professors, including two PETROSS researchers, have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015.

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Chill-tolerant hybrid sugarcane also grows at lower temperatures, team finds

U.S. farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcane’s growing range northward from the Gulf coast, substantially increasing the land available for sugar and biofuels. Research shows that when the thermometer dips, "miscanes" continue to photosynthesize.

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