St. Louis research center gets $8M to study sorghum
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A plant research center in St. Louis is getting an $8 million federal grant to study sorghum's uses in biofuel.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the grant to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center for a project aimed at helping develop higher-yielding varieties of the sorghum. Danforth scientist Todd Mockler is leading the project.
The center said in a release that sorghum doesn't need as much water or fertilizer as other plants, which makes it a likely top bioenergy crop.
Washington University and the University of Illinois are helping with the project.