LSU AgCenter research says some experimental energycane varieties — a cross between sugarcane and its wild relatives — show promise as a biofuel feedstock.
The AgCenter’s Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro planted about 1,000 experimental varieties of energycane in 2012. Roughly 300 of the varieties showed desirable characteristics and were replanted in 2013. The plants are grown for their high fiber content, or biomass.
The 300 experimental varieties suggest “great potential” for some of the energycane, including the ability to survive one of the coldest winters in Louisiana history, said Collins Kimbeng, an LSU AgCenter plant breeder.