Auburn University has been awarded a $4.9 million grant to develop new production systems to collect woody biomass from pine plantations for making bioenergy.
Auburn's Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts will lead the project as part of a consortium that includes central Alabama company Corley Land Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and companies from the U.S. and Canada.
"This is a very important grant that will allow us to further develop research into ways of producing more biofuel," said Auburn President Jay Gouge. "It will help our nation find alternatives to oil and will boost the economy in areas of Alabama that rely on our forests for jobs."
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