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Biomass and Biotechnology for Biofuels

In North Carolina, advanced feedstocks have great potential for making biofuel production ecologically sustainable and economically attractive.  However, many challenges associated with producing and using advanced feedstocks have not been addressed.  The Biomass and Biotechnology for Biofuels project will launch a new era in the search for advanced feedstocks to be used in making biofuels.  Some of the hurdles that the project will address include regulatory approval, market adoption, education and outreach, and public perceptions of new feedstock products.

The Institute of Forest Biotechnology will coordinate with North Carolina State University and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina on the Biomass and Biotechnology for Biofuels project.  At the end of the three-year project, the Biofuels Center will have:

  • The first-ever biotech tree test plot that is in accordance with the Responsible Use Initiative to exhibit world-class stewardship of advanced feedstocks.
  • Deployed extremely rare Heritage Trees® developed specifically to test species rehabilitation and public understanding of applied biotechnologies.
  • A coordinated, statistically-sound research program to discover public attitudes of a new, bio-based economy using advanced feedstocks and biofuel creation technologies.
  • Published articles on the societal research and documentation of the results.
  • Educational material that can be used as stand-alone products, targeted to policy and decision-makers, or used in conjunction with K-12 modular curricula.