Texas researchers turn mesquite thorns into ethanol
Often considered a tree that no one wants, the mesquite also has a poetic quality that would translate nicely into a future alternative fuel. Ethanol made from corn and soybeans is gaining most of the attention these days. But there is also extensive research into making ethanol from cellulosic or non-edible plant matter sources such as agriculture waste, forest products, switch grass and peanut shells. Even termites are under study.
The regrowth rate of mesquite is high in Texas and it usually grows on flat surfaces for easy harvesting. Landowners are enthusastic about the possibilities.
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