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2009-10-15 13:45:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Purdue University professor, whose research was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), received the 2009 World Food Prize Oct. 15 for his concerted effort in the development of drought and parasitic weed resistant varieties of sorghum which has increased the food supply to millions in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2009 World Food Prize was awarded to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta for developing sorghum plant hybrids that yield three...

2009-10-07 09:11:37

Study explores how farmers' practice affects role of gene flow between cultivated sorghum and its weedy relatives Family can be a blessing and a curse, and never more so than in the case of crop plants and their wild relatives. These wild and weedy relatives harbor unique and beneficial genes that may no longer be found in their cultivated siblings, but they also harbor genetic traits that farmers have intentionally selected against in their domesticated brethren. The close genetic...

2009-09-18 12:29:00

Varieties of drought-resistant, fast-growing sorghum are being studied in Maryland as a renewable source of fuel, scientists at Salisbury University said. The eight varieties of sweet sorghum are attractive because they require little water, mature quickly and have low nutrient and fertilization requirements, researchers from the university and Solar Fruits Bio Fuels said in a release Friday. Producing ethanol from sorghum costs less and is more energy efficient than making ethanol from corn,...

2009-03-20 13:58:09

Uruguay's acting Agriculture Minister Andres Berterreche estimated crop losses from several months of drought have topped $450 million. The figure, revealed in a business meeting this week, represents about 1.5 percent of the country's gross domestic product, Mercopress reported Friday. Economy Minister Alvaro Garcia said the final assessment of (drought) losses could be even higher, in part because Uruguay's primary energy supply is from domestic hydroelectric sources. Without enough rain,...

2009-02-11 10:00:00

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new crop management guide is available for producers interested in learning more about growing switchgrass as a non-food, low-carbon source for biofuels and biopower. Published by Blade Energy Crops, a seed brand of Ceres, Inc., the guide features the latest thinking among agronomists for this multi-year crop, including criteria for seed variety selection, field preparation and planting rates, as well as weed control and biomass harvest...

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2009-01-28 15:14:46

Researchers at Rutgers University have deciphered the genetic make-up of sorghum, a drought-tolerant crop and important food and biofuel source, Reuter's reports. Scientists believe such a breakthrough could eventually help produce better food crops for arid regions with rapidly expanding human populations, such as West Africa. Capable of thriving in hot and dry conditions, sorghum is one of the world's leading cereals, along with corn, wheat, oats and barley. The plant's genome, which...

2008-12-11 07:30:00

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Ceres, Inc. announced today that it has begun booking switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum seed under its Blade Energy Crops label. The highly anticipated launch marks the first seed sales of non-food, low-carbon crops developed specifically as raw materials for biofuels and biopower. The company simultaneously launched a Blade website to support direct-to-farm sales. The company reported that the first Blade products build on the...

2008-12-05 04:00:00

LONDON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2008 Sub-Saharan Africa Biofuel Emerging Company Award is presented to Global Biofuels Limited of Nigeria in recognition of its commitment to producing biofuel, promoting the socio-economic upliftment of Nigerians and reducing greenhouse gases as set out in the Kyoto protocol. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) "Global Biofuels Limited is establishing the first refinery for the production of bioethanol from sweet...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Barney, Jacob N DiTomaso, Joseph M The risk of future invasions To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand domestic energy production, and maintain economic growth, public and private investments are being used to pursue dedicated feedstock crops tor biofuel production. A variety of plant species, including grasses, herbs, and trees, are being considered for use as dedicated biofuel crops across much of the country. The leading candidates for lignocellulose-based energy, however, are...

2008-07-31 06:00:51

By Rick Neale FELLSMERE, Fla. -- The race is on to build Florida's first sweet sorghum ethanol plant. And Ray Coniglio hopes a 10-acre test patch of waving plants here will cultivate construction of such a facility in central Florida's Brevard County. "You can see how they're growing. They're shooting right up," says Coniglio, president of Global Renewable Energy's ethanol division, walking with hands outstretched between rows of waving sweet sorghum. "You come out here every three...


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