Purdue TERRA

Field phenomics for biofuel trait discovery

Fueling a growing world population

The TERRA team is developing¬†an automated, high-throughput field phenotyping system for determining how sorghum genetic variation impacts the crop’s biofuel production.

This project is funded by a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for research aimed at producing superior strains of sorghum suitable for growing as a biofuel. The grant is among six Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture awards nationwide from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The projects are focused on accelerating energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels.

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