TN Agricultural Experiment Station

The project administers a biennial program of 4-5 multi-institutional multiyear grants (3 years, $250K each) and 2-4 short-term seed grants (2 years, $50K-$75K each). The focus is on developing switchgrass as a bioenergy crop. Research could include: 1) economics and policy analysis on feedstock availability and cost analysis/effects of state and federal decisions on evolution of the bioeconomy; 2) plant sciences and molecular genetics, especially increased photosynthetic efficiency and biomass production, down regulation of lignin synthesis, 3) alteration of cellulosic superstructure to reduce recalcitrance, in-situ gene insertion to trigger degradation and optimize pre-treatments, and selection of improved tree species for energy production; 4) the environmental impact of intensive bioenergy crop management; 5) biomass production of selected switchgrass varieties on different sites; 6) energy reduction of pre-processing through optimal equipment design; 7) assessment of warm-season grass ecosystems on wildlife populations; and 8) the effects of agronomic practices on chemical and structural characteristics of bioenergy crops and agricultural residue.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Advanced Research Biobased Research


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 
  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31349

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01467553
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:35PM