Switchgrass Research


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Personnel

Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Burton C. (Burt) English
Professor
Production Economics

Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

Darrell D. Hensley
Extension Specialist III
Plant Pathology

Events

Vonore Switchgrass Conference: The Great Experiment, 3/13/2017

 

News

A Decade in Review: The Great Experiment, 5/13/2017

Faculty Success Recognized at UT Research Foundation Innovation Awards, 4/23/2017

Winter 2017 Upcoming Events, 1/17/2017

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

Power Plant, 2/25/2016

I AM UTIA -- In Knoxville, Meet Joe Sarten, PE, 12/9/2015

Video


(12 mentions)

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.



(3 mentions)

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.



(3 mentions)

Biofuel 
A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.



(1 mention)

Biofuel Students 
Someday you could go to college and earn a degree in biofuel production. It's an academic major being developed at the UT Institute of Agriculture.



(1 mention)

Center for Renewable Carbon 
AgResearchers at UT are developing ways of converting renewable carbon sources from plants into fuels and other products



(1 mention)

Food vs. Fuel 
UT Ag Researchers are studying what could be a compromise between food and fuel.



(1 mention)

Biofuel Refinery Groundbreaking 
Many believe America must find new ways to create energy and fuel. UT recently started construction on a biorefinery to research the manufacture of biofuels from agricultural products.


 

Recent Publications

Impacts of Uncertain Feedstock Quality on the Economic Feasibility of Fast Pyrolysis Biorefineries with Blended Feedstocks and Decentralized Preprocessing Sites in the Southeastern United States Kai, L., S. Park, S. Kelley, B. C. English, T. E. Yu, J. A. Larson, and Y. Yuan.  2020.  Global Change Biology Bioenergy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12752. [Abstract]

Genetic Variation for Biomass Yield and Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Regrowth Vigor and Salinity Tolerance in Lowland Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Nayak, S.  2020.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Impact of Government Subsidies on a Cellulosic Biofuel Sector with Diverse Risk Preferences toward Feedstock Uncertainty.  Sharma, B.P, T. E. Yu, B. C. English, C. Boyer, and J. A. Larson.  2020.  Energy Policy. [Abstract]

Induced volatile terpenes in roots and leaves of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) A. Muchlinski, X. Chen, J. Lovell, T. G. Köllner, K. Pelot, P. Zerbe, M. Ruggiero, L. Callaway, S. Laliberte, F. Chen, and D. Tholl.  2019.  Frontiers in Plant Science, 10:1144. [Abstract]

Improving water use efficiency of containerized crops using biochar and irrigation scheduling through developing precision irrigation scheduling with a physiological-based and a substrate physical properties-based system.  Basiri Jahromi, N.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Improving water use efficiency of containerized crops using biochar and irrigation scheduling through developing precision irrigation scheduling with a physiological-based and a substrate physical properties-based system.  Basiri Jahromi, N., F. R. Walker, A. Fulcher, J. Altland, and N. S. Eash.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Effect of solvent fractionationed pretreatment on energy consumption of cellulose nanofabrication of switchgrass.  Chen, H., X. Wang, J. Bozell, X. Feng, Q. Li, A. Ragauskas, S. Wang, and C. Mei.  2019.  Journal of Material Science, 54(10): 8010-8022.

Evaluation of variation in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) cultivars for rust (Puccinia emaculata) resistance.  Cheng, Q., A. S. Windham, K. H. Lamour, A. M. Saxton, and M. T. Windham.  2019.  Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 37(4):127-135.

Switchgrass extractives, a new source for biopesticides and biodisinfectants.  Gwinn, K. D., A. Bruce, J. Tao, A. Bowman, J. Choi, E. Camfield, K. Rajan, B. H. Ownley, D. H. D'Souza, M. Moustaid-Moussa, and N. Labbé.  2019.  http://www.psna-online.org/PSNA%202019%20FINAL%20PROGRAM.pdf, Phytochemistry Society of North America. Johnson City, TN. July 20-24.

Reduction of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Typhimurium on Formica coupons by switchgrass extractives, a value-added product.  Joseph Choi, E. Camfield, A. Bowman, K. Rajan, N. Labbé, K. D. Gwinn, B. H. Ownley, and D. H. D'Souza.  2019.  IAFP Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, July 21-24.

Accurately estimating and improving costs for the cellulosic biomass supply chain with Statistical Process Control and the Taguchi Loss Function Metzner C., M. Platzer, T. M. Young, B. Bichescu, et al.  2019.  BioResources, BioResources. 14(2): 2961-2976. [Abstract]

Genetic Variation for Biomass Yield and Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Regrowth Vigor and Salinity Tolerance in Lowland Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Nayak, S.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]