28 Mar '16, 2pm

Sugarcane, modified to produce oil, promises better biodiesel

Stephen Edelstein 263 views Mar 28, 2016 Brazilian sugarcane Enlarge Photo Biofuels offer the promise of lower emissions, but they are often made from crops that might otherwise be used for food—or displace food acreage. Given the scale of production needed for a given biofuel to have a meaningful impact on carbon emissions, that's a problem. So the challenge for researchers is finding a plant source that isn't needed for food, and can produce as much biofuel as possible from a given amount of acreage. DON'T MISS: Is Brazilian Sugarcane The Answer To U.S. Biofuels Needs? (Sep 2013) One team of researchers now believe that plant could be sugarcane. Altering sugarcane to produce oil could yield much greater amounts of biodiesel than the current most popular crop, soybeans, say researchers from the University of Illinois (via Wards Auto ). Soybeans yield only about one barrel...

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