Developing a Sustainable Feedstock and Next Generation Processing Technologies for Biofuels Production

The objective of this research project is to develop prairie cord grass (PCG) as a feedstock for marginal lands and biochemical processes to improve its conversion to biofuel and bioproducts. Sites have been identified. Grass breeding program initiated to create hybrids. The project will conduct disease survey and genetics studies on key traits for biomass production. Work underway on economical and effective pretreatment strategies and single-step bioconversion at high solids levels. Sequencing of PCG caffeic_acid_3-O-methyltransferase (COMT) based on primers from comparative genomics the first exon (Cloned) was cloned and sequenced. Transcriptome analysis identified the second exon (Contig). From these sequences additional primers have been developed and sequenced to bridge the gap between the two putative exons. Some additional sequence has been found (cloned2).

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


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $989065.00
  • 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:

    South Dakota State University, Brookings

    Box 2201, AD 130
    Brookings, SD  United States  57007
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gibbons, Bill

  • Start Date: 20070101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31346

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572226
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2015 1:01AM