Across the globe, a growing interest in renewable energy has led scientists to investigate a variety of energy crops and materials to convert into biofuels. A biofuel can be made from plants or from agricultural, commercial, domestic, or industrial waste. Ideally, crops grown for biofuels are low-cost, low-maintenance products used expressly for energy.
MSU scientists developed and patented a variety of giant miscanthus used to create gasoline. They have also investigated the biofuels potential of numerous other materials available in Mississippi, such as short-rotation wood crops, waste from timber harvesting, manure, grain crops, crop residue, switchgrass, and algae.