Auburn University, the University of Georgia, two other southern universities receive US$15M grant from the USDA to develop viable production system that creates fuel from forest residue, switchgrass, other energy crops

AUBURN, Alabama , October 1, 2011 () – Auburn University, the University of Georgia and two other southern universities have received a $15 million federal grant to develop and study biofuel production.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant aims to develop a viable production system that creates fuel from forest residue, switchgrass and other energy crops. Other partner universities include the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University, as well as corporate partners ArborGen Inc. and Ceres Inc.

It's one of five teams selected across the country in a national biofuels competition. The grant team is led by Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon.

The grant is part of an overall national goal of producing 22 billion gallons each year in fuels from alternative sources.

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