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Wright Soil and Water Science Laboratory

Wright Soil and Water Science Laboratory

Bioenergy: Sugarcane

Expanding knowledge about plant-based bioenergy fuels

The need for alternative energy sources to relieve the negative impacts of fossil fuels presses scientists to identify plant-based energy fuels.

Sugarcane produces nearly half of the world's biofuels. It has been used as a biofuel crop because it offers higher biomass than does corn. Additionally, it has a higher input and output ratio than does corn and other plants processed for biofuels.

Sugarcane accounts for nearly 45 percent of plant-based biofuel production in the world.

close up of sugarcane
Sugarcane is an important crop in Florida's Everglades Agricultural Area

Other Bioenergy Crops