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September 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Using fast-growing woody crops as a source of energy and fuel may be the key to energy independence in the United States.

The latest Southeastern biofuels research and production methods will be on display for landowners, industry professionals and community leaders during a month-long series of field days in September sponsored by the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems.

Wayne Ebelhar, a researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, compares on July 16, 2013, an energy beet planted at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center last September with one planted in March to see the size differences. Researchers are establishing the growth and profit potential for this bioenergy source most commonly grown across the Northern Plains. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
July 30, 2013 - Filed Under: Biofuels

STONEVILLE – Energy beets could be the answer to Mississippi farmers’ quest for off-season income and provide an alternative energy source for the nation’s expanding biofuels markets.

Mississippi State University researchers and Extension agents are examining the growth and profit potential for varieties of energy beets, a nonedible relative of sugarbeets used only in biofuel production.

Fei Yu
January 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is funding research at Mississippi State University that will help develop a process to create a clean, renewable energy source.

Researchers at MSU and Ohio State University received $6.5 million to work together on the project. They plan to develop a process to convert methane gases produced from leftover plant materials, or biomass, into cost competitive liquid fuels that more closely resemble diesel and gasoline.

Keith Coble
December 20, 2012 - Filed Under: Biofuels, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A team of Mississippi State University agricultural economists recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study policies impacting biofuel supply chains.

June 28, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Biofuels, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A variety of grass developed at Mississippi State University is getting its moment in the sun as a biofuel ingredient, thanks to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement.

Freedom giant miscanthus, developed by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher Brian Baldwin and his colleagues, was selected as the crop of choice for one of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program projects. BCAP funds help offset the expenses of planting renewable energy crops that can require several years to mature to the point of harvest.

Mississippi State University research scientist Brian Baldwin developed Freedom giant miscanthus, a biofuel feedstock used to create tank-ready gasoline. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
March 1, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Cool Planet Biofuels recently announced it has used Freedom giant miscanthus to create gasoline, a breakthrough in the biofuels industry.

February 9, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels, Environment

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Producing and using alternative energy is more important now than ever before, and scientists at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are focusing on timber as a possible source for energy.

November 9, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A biomass and bioenergy short course for local government officials, businesses, landowners, foresters and loggers will be held on Dec. 8.

Experts from Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Technology Alliance will share information about creating biofuels, bioenergy ventures and the economics of biomass plantations.

Mississippi State University researchers recently discovered several species of microbes in panda excrement that could be replicated and used to process biofuels. (MSU's Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology/Ashli Brown)
September 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

By Laci Kyles
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University assistant professor is looking to “panda poop,” or microbes in panda excrement that breakdown woody materials, as a possible means to biofuel production.

February 11, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Five new facilities that can transform wood into fuel will soon be built in Mississippi.

The facilities will further increase timber’s already-important role in the state’s economy. Mississippi’s forests cover nearly 20 million acres and generate more than $1 billion worth of timber each year. The forestry and forest products sectors, which include logging, furniture construction, solid wood products, and pulp and paper, contribute more than $19 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Freedom Giant Miscanthus was developed at Mississippi State University and is licensed exclusively to Repreve Renewables, a joint venture between sod entrepreneur Phillip Jennings (pictured) and publicly traded textile company UNIFI Manufacturing, Inc. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
February 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- On a January morning in Soperton, Ga., southeastern farmers mingled with investors and biomass experts to discuss Freedom Giant Miscathus--a towering grass that may be America’s most promising clean energy solution.

Freedom was developed at Mississippi State University and is licensed exclusively to Repreve Renewables, a joint venture between sod entrepreneur Phillip Jennings and publicly traded textile company UNIFI Manufacturing, Inc.

July 15, 2010 - Filed Under: Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Individuals interested in learning about the latest research and development of plant materials into biofuel should attend Mississippi State University’s 2010 Biofuels Conference Aug. 12-13 in Jackson.

The annual conference will be at the Hilton Jackson Hotel, located at the intersection of I-55 and County Line Road. Participants can register online at http://www.biofuelsconference.msstate.edu/registration.

Daniel Barnes, a doctoral student at Mississippi State University, is trying to genetically modify castor seed so it can be grown				safely for commercial oil production in Mississippi. Here he checks the status of	 castor embryonic tissue involved in his experiments.
July 15, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The castor plant thrives in Mississippi and produces great quantities of valuable oil in its seeds, but it has a reputation that a team of researchers at Mississippi State University are trying to address.

Castor oil is the highly desirable, plentiful product of castor beans. The oil is used to produce everything from cosmetics and paints to jet aircraft lubricants and certain plastics. Generations ago, it was given by the spoonful as a laxative and used as a home remedy to treat a range of maladies.

March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Citizens, developers and policymakers in the renewable energy industry across the South who want a clean, vibrant and secure energy future can explore options at an upcoming two-day conference in Tunica.

The Ninth Annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference will be April 13-14 at Harrah’s Resort Hotel. The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council hosts the annual state conference.

A field of "Freedom" giant miscanthus on Mississippi State Univ
December 3, 2009 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Collaboration between a Mississippi State University research agronomist and Georgia’s self-proclaimed “sodfather” may offer the Southeast the “Freedom” of a viable grassy feedstock to capitalize on sustainable bioenergy production.

September 17, 2009 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Biodiesel production has created a new market for soybean oil, and although the demands for this alternative fuel fluctuate, the industry remains strong.

July 9, 2009 - Filed Under: Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The interdisciplinary faculty at Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Energy Research Center, who are exploring how to convert plant biomass into renewable energy, will present their findings at the fourth annual MSU Biofuels Conference Aug. 6-7 in Jackson.

Researchers from the energy industry, other universities, laboratories, foundations and government agencies will join them at the conference to share information about sustainable, environmentally sound energy alternatives.

Alex Corzo, assistant poultry science research professor at Mississippi State University, carefully monitors chicks that eat feed containing an ethanol byproduct. (Photo by Marco Nicovich)
January 29, 2009 - Filed Under: Biofuels

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Ethanol serves as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels, and researchers are finding ways the poultry industry can benefit from its production.

Demand for biofuels is due in large part to volatile fossil fuel prices. American businesses are embracing the shift toward renewable energy, and government mandates are making it more profitable for corn producers to sell the crop for ethanol production than for animal feed.

Mississippi State University biological engineering students Sam Pote of Starkville, left, and Caleb Dulaney of Collinsville conduct their research project on isolating an enzyme that initiates lignin breakdown in plant cells. (Photo by Marco Nicovich)
December 11, 2008 - Filed Under: Biofuels

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Plant waste offers a nearly unlimited supply of raw material for biofuel production, but the substance that stands in the way of its use is the same one that makes the plants stand.

November 2, 2006 - Filed Under: Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- With demand for biodiesel on the rise, researchers are looking for ways Mississippi agricultural production can contribute more to this growing market.

Brian Baldwin, a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher, is identifying alternative crops that can grow in Mississippi and produce large quantities of oil. The highest oil-producing crops are tropical, but there are other plants that can be grown in Mississippi and yield more oil per acre than those currently being grown.

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