Genetically Engineer Switchgrass to Reduce Lignin, Increase Cellulose, and Improve Ethanol Production

Organization:
North Carolina State University
Amount:
$142,618.32
Program Area:
Open Grants Program
County of Applicant:
Wake
Description:

The purpose of this Golden LEAF grant is to provide funding to genetically engineer switchgrass to reduce lignin and increase cellulose, which will improve ethanol production, and will make switchgrass more digestible as feed. The project will also develop a technology that efficiently converts genetically engineered switchgrass to bioethanol. Switchgrass is a NC native forage grass and has been identified as a herbaceous energy crop by the Bioenergy Feedstock Development Program of DOE because of its high biomass production.

Contact:
Dr. Rongda Qu 2701 Sullivan Drive Campus Box 7653 Raleigh, North Carolina 27695
Areas Served:
Statewide

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