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Switchgrass is a top pick for under-utilized land. It can be planted as a raw material for advanced biofuels or for biopower.
Hardy by nature, this warm season perennial grass can produce high yields of biomass with less water and fertilizer than almost any other crop. The plants grow as tall as nine feet high with roots just as deep.
Due to this large root structure, each acre of switchgrass can sequester the equivalent of five tons of CO2 each year. Under certain circumstances, perennial energy grasses like switchgrass could even be carbon negative - a benefit that other renewables cannot provide.
Our first products, EG 1101, EG 1102 and EG 2101, are now available under our Blade Energy Crops brand. These new seed varieties, developed in partnership with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, provide greater yield potential and easier establishment for growers, among other benefits.
Since switchgrass has been subjected to less intense breeding efforts than most commodity crops, rapid and significant improvements can be made through advanced plant breeding and biotechnology.
Using marker-assisted breeding and other technology platforms, we plan to introduce a succession of enhancements, including further increases in biomass yield and other agronomic and compositional improvements.