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

Faculty 360 | Nour Abdoulmoumine, 9/17/2015

Video


(12 mentions)

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



(3 mentions)

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.



(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.



(1 mention)

Southern Part. for Integr. Biomass Supply Systems 
The Southern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems



(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.



(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.


 

Recent Publications

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, F. R. Walker, A. Fulcher, J. Altland, and N. S. Eash.  2018.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Growth Response, Mineral Nutrition, and Water Utilization of Containergrown-Woody Ornamentals Grown in Biochar-amended Pine Bark Basiri Jahromi, N., F. R. Walker, A. Fulcher, J. Atland, and W. C. Wright.  2018.  HortScience, 53(3):347–353. 2018. [Abstract]

Transgenic miR156 switchgrass in the field: growth, recalcitrance and rust susceptibility Baxter, H., M. Mazarei, A. Dumitrache, J. M. Natzke, M. Rodriguez, Jr., J. Gou, C. Fu, R. W. Sykes, G. B. Turner, M. F. Davis, et al., and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2018.  Plant Biotechnology, 16:39-49.

Identification, characterization, and genetic comparison of Fusarium species isolated from switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Collins, T.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Blended feedstocks for thermochemical conversion: biomass characterization and bio-oil production from switchgrass-pine residue blends Edmunds, C. W., E. A. Reyes Molina, N. O. André, C. Hamilton, S. Park, O. Fasina, S. Adhikari, S. Kelley, J. S. Tumuluru, T. G. Rials, and N. Labbe.  2018.  Frontiers in Energy Research, 6, 99.

Genetic variation in biomass yield and feedstock composition and trait relationships in lowland switchgrass.  Hughes, E.W., F. L. Allen, H. Bhandari, A. M. Saxton, D. R. West, and V. R. Sykes.  2018.  Archives of Crop Science, 2 (1): 47-57.

Effect of non-structural organics and inorganics constituents of switchgrass during pyrolysis Kim, P., C. Hamilton, T. Elder, and N. Labbe.  2018.  Frontiers in Energy Research, 6, 99.

Determining a Geographic High Resolution Supply Chain Network for a Large Scale Biofuel Industry Lambert, L. H., B. C. English, D. M. Lambert, O. Shylo, J. A. Larson, T. E. Yu, and B. S. Wilson.  2018.  Applied Energy, 218: 266-281. [Abstract]

Soil carbon dioxide respiration in switchgrass fields: Assessing annual, seasonal and daily flux patterns Lee, J., J. McKnight, L. Skinner, A. C. Sherfy, D. D. Tyler, and B. C. English.  2018.  Soil Systems, 2(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/soilsystems2010013. [Abstract]

Hot water extraction as a pretreatment for reducing syngas inorganics impurities – A parametric investigation on switchgrass and loblolly pine bark Liu, Q., N. Labbe, S. Adhikari, S. C. Chmely, and N. Abdoulmoumine.  2018.  Fuel, 220, 177-184.

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) promoters for green tissue-specific expression of the MYB4 transcription factor for reduced-recalcitrance transgenic switchgrass Liu, W, M. Mazarei, R. Ye, Y. Peng, Y. Shao, H. Baxter, R. W. Sykes, G. B. Turner, M. F. Davis, Z. Y. Wang, et al., and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2018.  Biotechnology for Biofuels, 11:122.

Functional analysis of cellulose synthase CesA4 and CesA6 genes in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) by overexpression and RNAi-mediated gene silencing Mazarei, M., H. Baxter, M. Li, A. Biswal, K. Kim, X. Meng, Y. Pu, W. Wuddineh, J. Zhang, G. Turner, R. Sykes, M. Davis, M. Udvardi, Z. Y. Wang, D. Mohnen, A. Ragauskas, N. Labbe, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2018.  Frontiers in Plant Science,, 9.