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ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2008) — In the largest field trial of its kind in the United States, researchers have determined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuels sources – by a lot.
Using Miscanthus as a feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. could significantly reduce the acreage dedicated to biofuels while meeting government biofuels production goals, the researchers report.
Using corn or switchgrass to produce enough ethanol to offset 20 percent of gasoline use – a current White House goal – would take 25 percent of current U.S. cropland out of food production, the researchers report. Getting the same amount of ethanol from Miscanthus would require only 9.3 percent of current agricultural acreage.
Originally posted by grover
It kind of makes you wonder why the push for the use of corn ...
.... I deeply suspect Monsantos and ADM have a hand in the reasons why.
Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
I should point out a small problem with judsu and other bamboo related plants. They spread rather easily and are horribly invasive. The city on London here in the UK is having some problems. Some local resident (no one knows who) got a sample of this plant and it's taken over. It breaks up concrete, strangle natural species and basically causes a hell of a lot of trouble. It's rhizones can penetrate solid steel plate, concrete and brickwork.
Be very careful with invasive species.
Originally posted by endless_observer
You are correct. That is the main drawback to bamboo. Sorry I failed to mention that in my post. My wife's parents planted a few bamboo in their back yard a few years back, and now it grows everywhere in their yard, just popping up randomly. It's terrible on their lawnmower blades.