Video highlights research to improve crop residues for bioenergy

We’ve been a bit quiet on here lately, but some other projects have taken some of our time – in my case, helping to produce a video of some of my Ph.D. research.  In it, we discuss our project with the International Rice Research Institute aimed at identifying genes responsible for plant biomass production and composition.. Essentially, why when we compare plants, some grow much bigger, and are made of different stuff.. what genes control this?  Can we breed plants to optimize their composition for bioenergy or forage (feeding to animals)?  And can we do this for crop residues that are otherwise not useful for much?  I referenced a nice write-up of this idea a while back.  What is really cool is the technology that we are developing to measure these things (biomass, composition) in real fields.  Check it out!

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