The Center has worked with researchers to investigate a range of crops other than energy grasses and trees for their viability as feedstocks for large-scale biofuels projects. It conducted much of this agronomic research in project called North Carolina Grows Biofuels. The research took place at research stations statewide to be inclusive of different soil types and microclimates. Research on fast-growth trees and perennials is ongoing at 20 research stations across North Carolina in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and N.C. universities.
The crops that have been trialed include:
- Tropical Sugarbeets
- Industrial Sweet Potatoes
More on these crops can also be found at the Biofuels Wiki.