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Invasive Plants Get Approval to Be Grown as Biofuel Crop
If the hottest new plant grown as a biofuel crop is approved based solely on its greenhouse gas emission profile, its potential as the next invasive species may not be discovered until it’s too late.

In response to this need to prevent such invasions, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose.

Currently in approving new biofuel products the EPA doesn’t formally consider invasiveness at all – just greenhouse gas emissions related to their production. The EPA has recently approved two known invaders, Arundo donax (giant reed) and Pennisetum purpurem (napier grass).


 
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