DOE Funds New Bioenergy Crop Research

August 7, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced a $68 million funding commitment for research aimed at making bioenergy feedstocks more productive and resilient. The funding will be distributed over 5 years to the chosen projects. The research is intended enhance understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow the feedstock crops to be productive and survive in stressful environments.

Of the projects chosen to receive the funding, several are especially relevant to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). One focuses on developing pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) as a winter oilseed bioenergy crop in the U.S. Midwest and other temperate regions including the Pacific Northwest. Another focuses on at enhancing camelina (Camelina sativa) oilseed production with minimum nitrogen fertilization.

For the original announcement from DOE click here.

For a complete list of funded projects click here.

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