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

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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Biodiesel from sugarcane more economical than soybean

Soybeans can never quench the nation’s thirst for oil; however, a project funded by ARPA-E proposes producing large amounts of oil using sugarcane.

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

Recent research shows that when the thermometer dips, "miscanes" continue to photosynthesize.

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Team converts sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, oil-producing crop

A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.

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How sweet it is: Energy from plants

The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) program managers recently selected an Illinois project for a visit from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

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