Feedstock development: Maintain an active feedstock development program providing improved perennial grass varieties for central and southern U.S.
Feedstock production: Identify and enhance feedstocks for producing biobased energy and products, including assessing existing biomass resources and selected plant species, utilizing processed biomass waste, and determining optimal procedures for establishing and managing dedicated feedstock crops.
Researchers: Gopal Kakani, Tyson Ochsner, Jason Warren
Conversion technologies: Enhance existing, while exploring and developing new, bioconversion technologies addressing biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts.
Researchers: Clint Aichele, Hasan Atiyeh, Nurhan Dunford, Babu Fathepure, Raymond Huhnke, Ajay Kumar, Josh Ramsey, Rob Whiteley, Mark Wilkins
Economics and Modeling: Determine sustainability of establishing biorefineries through economic and systems analyses, energy balances, and integrated models to quantify the environmental and economic impact of land conversion.
Researchers: Francis Epplin, Scott Frazier, Rodney Holcomb, Phil Kenkel