Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum Hybrids as a Bioenergy Feedstock - Germplasm Development, Agronomic Practices, and Conversion Efficiency

This research project will breed, develop and release sweet sorghum for commercial production. The p[project will also evaluate production, processing, and conversion issues of sweet sorghum cultivars and hybrids. The project is developing and selecting sweet sorghum hybrids for use as a bioenergy feedstock. The project is examining adaptability of high biomass sorghum and sweet sorghum to the South Central U.S., including the Coastal Plains, High Plains, and the Central Great Plains as well as developing production guidelines for sweet sorghums for these production regions. Agronomic emphasis will be on seeding rate, nitrogen management, and multiple harvest efficacy and water use efficiency. The project is evaluating the effects of juice press operation and time of harvest on juice yield and sugar content of the expressed juice. Finally, the project will determine the relative efficiency of ethanol conversion from sweet sorghum and assess the relative role genotype, environment, and genotype x environment interaction on ethanol production potential.

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


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  • Status: Completed
  • 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 A&M University, College Station

    College Station, TX  United States  77840
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rooney, William

  • Start Date: 20070701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31317

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572298
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 5 2015 1:00AM