Improving Root Architecture in Energy Crops

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-02157
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
307 HILLSBOROUGH STREET, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
DUNS: 805889412
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tedd Elich
 Director of Research
 (919) 747-7406
Business Contact
 Douglas Eisner
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (919) 747-7404
Research Institution
The USDA has established research on renewable energy as a high priority. Cellulosic ethanol from perennial grasses has the potential to become an important component of America's effort to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and alleviate the buildup of greenhouse gases. For energy crops to become viable biofuels, they must become cost-competitive with foreign oil and provide environmental benefits. This will require improvements in refining technologies to efficiently convert cellulose to ethanol, improvements in agronomic productivity, and maximal greenhouse gas reduction. GrassRoots Biotechnology is working to create enhanced energy crops by focusing on improved root architecture. In this project, we are focusing on two main components of root architecture: 1) greater deep root extension to increase drought resistance and carbon sequestration; 2) maintaining sufficient shallow root spread for nutrient acquisition from topsoil.

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