Development of Winter Safflower as a New Biomass Energy Crop for the Lower Great Plains of North America

As currently structured this program will develop information and new products in the three areas of research: Genetic Enhancement: The crosses and subsequent screening of the segregating generations derived from these crosses at locations across this region will generate germplasm populations and potential experimental cultivars. These lines and populations will combine good winter survival with high oil content and high oleic acid content. Agronomic Evaluation: The proposed studies combined with historical data will provide a nearly comprehensive agronomic production guideline for producing winter safflower across the Southern Great Plains. By conducting cooperative trials with other researchers across the region this project should also provide adaptation trial data in the northern reaches of this production region. Economic & Life Cycle Analysis: This series of studies will be based extensively on current data and data generated during the research phase of this project which will provide a measure of production inputs, yields per unit of water, and the potential impact of this new cropping system on the global environment and agricultural economy of the region. It is hoped this investment from the Sun Grant program will generate additional research and extension support as well as high quality refereed and grower publications. However the ultimate success of this project will be the eventual development of a new, high value enterprise for the successful production of renewable biodiesel.

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


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $225000.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas Tech University, Lubbock

    2500 Broadway
    Lubbock, TX  United States  70409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Auld, Dick

  • Start Date: 20090701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31374

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572209
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2015 1:00AM