The USDA and the DOE announced the 2007 Biomass Genomics grants yesterday. The awards are worth $8.3 million this year (last year they gave out $5.7 million) to eleven projects that will study how to better make biofuels from rice and switchgrass, get more yield from corn, and a lot more that's just a wee bit scientific ("Analysis of Small RNAs and miRNAs Associated with Abiotic Stress Responses in Brachypodium distachyon" anyone?). The DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER
It almost seems that biofuels are getting so many millions from the U.S. Government that that guy in the green dollar sign suit from late night TV should be driving around in a Jetta TDI with a "Biodiesel: No War Required" sticker on it. This past Thursday, the USDA and the Department of Energy announced $17.5 million in grants for 17 projects in various biomass to energy technology ventures. According to Renewable Energy Access, the funds will go to three projects developing cellulosic biomass
As I wrote the other day, the USDA has been working on jet biodiesel since at least 2001. I contacted one of the Ph.Ds in charge of the research, Robert Dunn, asking about an update for AutoblogGreen readers (because we fly from time to time, right) and he sent back a nice, succinct response.