DuPont Partners with Iowa State To Enhance Biofuels Production

DuPont pledged of $1 million to the Iowa State University (ISU) New Century Farm, the first research effort in the U.S to focus on producing cellulosic ethanol on the farm. The research efforts will also focus on enhancing the production, processing and utilization of feedstocks for biofuels and biomaterials.

“The need for renewable sources of energy requires a dynamic new way of thinking. The New Century Farm will research the practical things farmers can do in the future to grow, harvest and store biomass in a sustainable manner,” said Dean Oestreich, DuPont vice president and general manager and president of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business.

The New Century Farm will include a facility for research in biomass crop breeding, crop rotation needs and ways to efficiently store and process biomass material. It also will feature a teaching laboratory for training future scientists and farmers, and an extension facility to demonstrate the economic, social and environmental viability of bioenergy.

Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU, said, “At the New Century Farm, the opportunity is great to integrate directly into agricultural fields the connections with harvesting, transportation, storage and processing. The New Century Farm will not only provide a venue for cutting-edge research, it will also allow us to train the next generation of scientists in this critical growth area.”

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