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  • Team converts sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, oil-producing crop

    University of Illinois plant biology professor Stephen P. Long leads an initiative to turn sugarcane into a more productive, cold-tolerant, oil-rich crop.

    University of Illinois plant biology professor Stephen P. Long leads an initiative to turn sugarcane into a more productive, cold-tolerant, oil-rich crop.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      University of Illinois plant biology professor Stephen P. Long leads an initiative to turn sugarcane into a more productive, cold-tolerant, oil-rich crop.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      If the researchers achieve their goal, growers will be able to meet 147 percent of the U.S. mandate for renewable fuels by growing the modified sugarcane on abandoned land in the southeastern United States (about 20 percent of the green zone on the map).

      Graphic courtesy Stephen P. Long

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  • To reach Stephen P. Long, call 217-417-2991; email slong@illinois.edu.