Project Details

Developing an Atlas of High Biomass Sorghums Amenable for Lingo-Cellulosic Ethanol Production in India

Duration: 01/Oct/2010 - 30/Sep/2012

Locations: Asia / India

Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)- Government of India-India


The project aims to study the efficiency of conversion of ligno-cellulosic  biomass of improved genotypes of sorghum to bioethanol through enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation. The data from this project will identify best genotypes with a high composition of cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin, as well as its suitability and adaptability to existing sorghum farming systems. The identified high biomass sorghum genotypes under MLTS could then be cultivated by smallholder farmers. Thus this project offers win-win situation to both farmers (improving returns) and to industries (with existing infrastructure but with improved technology). The objectives of the project include characterizing high biomass sorghums in rainy and post rainy seasons to predict ethanol yield based on the available cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin content, and to identify the best adaptable genotype in the major sorghum growing areas of India.

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