Gallery: Grass Could Become the World’s Next Big Biofuel Source


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Scientists have figured out how to make biofuels with everything from algae to bacteria poop, and now they are turning to grass. A new European research project called GrassMargins seeks to discover a new perennial grass that can grow year round for use as biofuel. If successful, the project could offer a renewable source of energy that grows virtually everywhere, which would increase the availability of clean fuels while lowering their price. But first, they have to figure out which grass grows best.

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  1. dadunn December 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    when a crop becomes big, and take over the land it then kills off all other forms of ecosystem within the soil and those that the land used to support, like palm oil plantations the soil becomes baron and has little benefit to man except for the crop grown , this will gradually yield less each year and will slowly have a reduce capacity to filter water, claen the air and sequestrate carbon, a mixed crop must be grown to avoid this.

  2. Tiger-Pi December 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

    We had horses, bullocks and mules , fed with grass, before the advent of fossil fuel vehicles. So we are going back to the past to feed our vehicles with good old grass. So why not just bring back our old friends, the horses, mules,donkeys, bullocks,camels, sheep and huskies?

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