BP And Mendel Join For Miscanthus Trial | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 12 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 19, 2012

BP And Mendel Join For Miscanthus Trial

Department: Business
Keywords: cellulosic biofuel, miscanthus, biomass crops

BP Biofuels and Mendel Biotechnology have signed a four-year agreement to grow Mendel’s variety of miscanthus, called PowerCane, and evaluate its performance as a feedstock for BP’s cellulosic biofuel demonstration plant in Jennings, La. PowerCane miscanthus is grown from seed, whereas current varieties must be planted as a rhizome or live plug, which requires added investment and equipment for growers. The 100-acre field trial will be planted in early 2012 near the BP plant, and the first crop will be harvested in 2013.

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