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Arcadia wins grant for high oil stover

US agricultural biotechnology company Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California) has won a $950,000 grant from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop plants with high-oil stover. The intention is to find a more sustainable source for biofuel production. Developing plants that produce oil in seeds, stems and leaves would increase total energy production, decrease the carbon footprint of resulting biofuels and cut feedstock costs, Arcadia points out. It is particularly interested in sorghum, as the crop can be grown on marginal or non-food crop land. The company says it will utilise technology discovered at the US University of California (Davis) to develop new crops. The Arcadia grant is part of ARPA-E’s $156 million programme to facilitate innovation in energy research and development.

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