MSU releases corn varieties for cellulosic ethanol

By | June 02, 2008
Michigan State University researchers have introduced the third in a series of corn varieties—dubbed Spartan 1, 2 and 3—that are genetically modified to express different cellulase enzymes in the stalk and leaves. Together, the enzymes convert cellulose into glucose for fermentation into ethanol. The three varieties of corn can be blended with regular corn stover in a cellulosic ethanol plant. Negotiations are underway with a number of seed companies to license the Spartan varieties.