Sunday, September 10, 2006

Corn: It's not just for breakfast anymore

The New York Times is doing a great job keeping up with ag reporting these days. The latest, this article: "Redesigning Crops to Harvest Fuel," by Andrew Pollack.

The article reports on the "new mission of crop scientists" to tailor corn and other crops for use in ethanol and other biofuels. As author Pollack points out, corn is not the only crop that can be used to produce ethanol. Scientists are focusing on developing other crops (especially grasses), as well improving corn's performance in ethanol (by designing varieties with higher fermentable starch content).


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