Decreasing Severity of Switchgrass Pretreatment Through Wet Storage and Biological Pretreatment
2013 USDA-NIFA Center Award
Principal Investigators and affiliations:
PI: Dr. Mark Wilkins (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineeering, Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI: Dr. Danielle Julie Carrier (University of Arkansas)
Co-PI: Dr. Michael Buser (Oklahoma State University)
Start Date: 4/30/2013
End Date: 4/29/2015
The research will try to overcome the issues of physico-chemical pretreatment and reduce cost by adapting a holistic approach of exploiting a part of storage time for a biological pretreatment process.
The following are the expected outcomes:
- Demonstrate positive benefits of storage on subsequent conversion in terms of reduced production of inhibitors during pretreatment.
- Demonstrate feasibility of incorporating fungal pretreatment into baling and bale storage.
- Reduce pretreatment severity and energy use through fungal pretreatment.