Studies explore switchgrass options

By | January 12, 2009
South Dakota State University researchers are studying how the timing and cut-length when haying potential sources of cellulosic biomass, such as switchgrass, might affect the nesting success of game birds. The 1,400-acre study ends in 2010. Meanwhile, the National Science Foundation awarded The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla., $1.2 million to improve varieties of switchgrass for disease resistance and drought tolerance, and to customize varietal lignin content for thermochemical and biochemical conversion processes.