Biofuel Production from the Stem of Wild Sorghum

May 31, 2016

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Prof R. Burton, Dr C. Byrt, Prof G Fincher & Prof V. Bulone

Prof R. Burton, Dr C. Byrt, Prof G Fincher & Prof V. Bulone


Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia, Arun, has the potential to yield over 10,000 litres of bioethanol per hectare per year.

Researchers such as Dr Caitlin Byrt Postdoctoral Fellow in the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine assessed the stems of 12 varieties of sorghum for sugar content and ease of conversion to bioethanol. These included cultivated varieties and wild relatives, including Arun, which yielded significantly more bioethanol than other varieties.

Dr Byrt goes on to say that two key advantages of using stem to make biofuel, is that we can produce this material in low input systems; and as we do not eat this part and so we avoid the food versus fuel debate.

Media Release – Scimex

Online Publication – PLOS ONE