10/06/2011 Archived Entry: "Energy Beet Research: Cooperative Research Could Result in Alternative Crop for Ethanol"

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Director for the state’s biofuels program, Tim Hughes plows the plot at the UKCAER for the energy beets.

Patriot BioEnergy LLC is collaborating with private sector partners BetaSeed Corporation of Shakopee, Minnesota, Lage y Cia` S.A. of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Hapy of Milan, Italy; and researchers at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, as well as the City of Williamsburg and Whitley County Fiscal Court to demonstrate the viability of hybrid sugar beets, or ‘energy beets’ as an energy crop.

These beets have been genetically engineered to yield a biomass energy crop that ultimately can produce ethanol. The ‘energy beet’ is a non-edible biomass crop that moves beyond the use of corn for ethanol and is considered an advanced biomass crop for energy production. The by-products can be used as a livestock feed supplement.

The project underway at UK CAER and in Whitley County is evaluating:
• the growth of the ‘energy beets’ as a winter crop;
• different types of soil types and;
• various methods of fertilization.


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