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Published December 10 2012

NDSU to analyze sugar beets for biofuel

FARGO – The North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, grant supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, will work to develop enhanced energy sugar beets that are optimized for biofuel production.

Other partners in the $1.8 million, three-year program are Plant Sensory Systems, Baltimore, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will engineer beets to use fertilizer and water more efficiently and produce higher levels of fermentable sugars.

NDSU will lead the project’s economic and environmental analyses.

The energy beets will have lower production costs and increase yield for bio-fuels without competing against food-grade sugar.