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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Jan 17, 2013 02:01 PM CST

A new study in Nature magazine examines the potential for growing cellulosic crops on marginal lands in Midwestern states while mitigating greenhouse-gas emissions.

According to the study, about 27 million acres of marginal crop, pasture or grasslands in the Midwest could produce more than 5.5 billion gallons of ethanol per year, or approximately 25% of the 2022 target for cellulosic biofuels mandated under the Security Independence and Security Act of 2007.

"Understanding the environmental impact of widespread biofuel production is a major unanswered question both in the U.S. and worldwide," said Ilya Gelfand, lead author and MSU postdoctoral researcher. “We ...

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