Saturday, June 24, 2006


[via green car congress]
A Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researcher is exploring the feasibility of harvesting and using rangeland woody plants, such as mesquite and red berry juniper, as an ethanol feedstock for a distributed bio-energy industry in rural West Central Texas.

Texas had 3.8 million acres with moderate to dense mesquite in 1984; that has climbed to 6 million acres.

This mesquite-covered area could provide fuel for about 400 small (5 million gallons per year) ethanol plants, according to Dr. Jim Ansley.

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