West Virginia University Part Of $10 Million Biofuels Project

The northeast could help lead the way to a renewable energy-based economy by using marginal agricultural land and reclaimed and abandoned mined land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants. That’s the goal of a new research and education project drawing on West Virginia University expertise and supported by a […]

The northeast could help lead the way to a renewable energy-based economy by using marginal agricultural land and reclaimed and abandoned mined land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.

That’s the goal of a new research and education project drawing on West Virginia University expertise and supported by a nearly $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium, or NEWBio, led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will develop perennial feedstock production systems and supply chains for shrub willow — a short-rotation woody crop — and the warm-season grasses switchgrass and miscanthus. The project will promote the use of marginal farmland and abandoned and reclaimed mine sites so that these crops will not compete for resources with food production.

WVU’s participation will be led by Jingxin Wang, professor of wood science and technology in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

From The State Journal: http://www.statejournal.com/story/20013469/wvu-part-of-10m-biofuels-projects

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