USDA develops method to gauge ethanol potential of switchgrass

Read the full story in Ethanol Producer.

USDA researchers say they have developed a cost-effective method of determining the ethanol potential of energy grasses that could be used to evaluate the feedstock at the ethanol plant’s loading dock. Using near-infrared sensing (NIRS), Agricultural Research Service scientists measured 20 components in switchgrass, including cell wall sugars, soluble sugars and lignin, that can help determine its potential value to ethanol producers.

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