This task involves developing genetic markers for cold tolerance, biomass yield and composition, as well as evaluating unselected energycane populations in more northerly locations and analyzing feedstock quality and NIR calibration. Researchers also are making targeted crosses in the breeding program based on feedback from agronomic performance, fiber quality and chemical composition analyses.
Researchers also are determining what sweet sorghum hybrids will produce the best crop for use in the biofuels industry.Accomplishments made in relation to this task include::Energycane Varieties
. Research has progressed in developing energycane varieties that can be grown in colder temperatures.Sweet Sorghum Varieties.
Research continues on sweet sorghum hybrids for use in the biofuels industry.Feedstock Logistics and Preprocessing
. Research continues on the effectiveness of existing cane harvesting equipment for energycane and sweet sorghum, as well as determining the optimal biofuel processing facility location.