Additional dollars awarded for biofuels research


More government funding has been approved for biofuel research.  The U.S. Department of Energy will fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for an additional five years.

The center has already received more than 260 million dollars and will use the new funding to study switchgrass, poplar trees, and sorghum grown on non-agricultural land for fuel production.

Center Director Tim Donohue is a UW-Madison professor of bacteriology.  He says more than 400 researchers, students and staff from UW Madison and Michigan State University study ways for farmers to produce biofuels, creating economic opportunities on the farm and cost effective consumer products.


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