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  • 06 Feb 2016 10:29 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    This study documents the beneficial impact additional switchgrass acreage could have on fresh water quality.

    Read the article in the Biomass Magazine.

  • 01 Feb 2016 9:48 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Second-generation biofuels are much cleaner than corn ethanol thanks to a number of biological characteristics, said DeLucia, a professor of plant biology at the U of I. In a 2011 study, DeLucia used a model to show what would happen if the land being used to grow corn for ethanol production was instead converted to Miscanthus and switchgrass.

    "Our results were staggering," DeLucia said. "Since both of those plants are perennial, you don't till every year, so you release less carbon to the atmosphere. The grasses also require less fertilizer, which is a source of nitrous oxide, and they store more carbon in the ground than corn."

    Switching from using 40 per cent of the corn crop for ethanol production to using the same land to grow biofuel grasses "changed the entire agricultural Midwest from a net source of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, to a net sink."

    Read full article in AgAnnex


  • 24 Jan 2016 10:22 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    With Climate Change concerns heating up substantially, researchers point to concrete solutions in the Ag biomass sector. Corn based generation of ethanol has serious drawbacks and does not nearly contribute to the mitigation of climate change.  With second generation ethanol production, based on tall grasses, we can make a substantial contribution by reducing CO2 emissions. 

    The article in EcoWatch looks at the benefits of perennial tall grasses, like switchgrass and miscanthus.   

    Link to article:  Elephant Grass and Prairie Switchgrass: Second Generation Biofuels to Power American Cars

  • 19 Jan 2016 11:55 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Roger Samson, Executive Director of REAP-Canada, gave a switchgrass presentation to dairy farmers at the Grey-Bruce Farmers' Week conference. 

    Switchgrass has been identified in various research papers as a premium bedding product for livestock and poultry operations. 

    OBPC, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph and REAP-Canada have joined forces to collect and consolidate the latest information and bring it to the farming community. 

    Representatives of the four organizations will present the latest discoveries and experiences at various conferences and events, which are posted on UPCOMING EVENTS.

  • 25 Nov 2015 8:41 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    The Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts Research and Development Challenge will fund $3 million for about 10 bioproduct development projects. Ontario has identified the development of bioproducts as having potential significant economic, environmental and health benefits.

    Full article in Agri-View:   Ontario funds bioproduct development

  • 29 Sep 2015 8:21 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    After a very long wait we could witness significant progress on various fronts with 2nd generation ethanol and limited production facilities are now emerging. 

    Link to article in Renewable Energy World

  • 28 Jun 2015 12:08 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Researcher Marlene Paibomesai talks about the use of biomass as an animal feed component. She is speaking at the 2015 Ag Biomass Day event held by the Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative (OBPC).

    Ontario grown switchgrass tested as a component of animal feed

  • 26 May 2015 9:27 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Radio Canada article of switchgrass and animal bedding and interview in french with Rudy Zubler in Ridgetown.

    Link to Radio Canada article

  • 24 May 2015 5:36 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Link to article in ChathamDailyNews


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