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1 Energycane: First Year Brian Baldwin, Herbaceous Feedstocks Meeting San Antonio, Texas 22 February 2010

2 Energycane -Hybrid of sugarcane and wild cane -Bred for high fiber, high biomass -Tolerance to cold weather -Fermentable sugars

3 Concept Energycane – Cellulose for bioethanol/biomass High yields and perennial Limitations of sugarcane’s abilities in the “North” Sugarcane infrastructure in place – Advantage of sucrose Can be fermented if harvestable Sugary bagasse is subject to enhanced fermentation as a precursor to cellulose SSF Capture-able with slow pyrolysis

4 Common Energycane Germplasm Germplasm Line*Pedigree Ho 02-147F 1 (Wild Cane x Sugarcane) Ho 02-144F 1 (Wild Cane x Sugarcane) Ho 72-114BC 1 with Sugarcane Ho 06-9001BC 1 with Wild Cane Ho 06-9002BC 1 with Wild Cane *from USDA-ARS-SRU, Houma, LA

5 Base Field Dimensions Plot = 10 m x 3 rows (6m) – Sacrifice row (Brix) – Harvest 2 rows Base Rep = 10m x 30m Base Test = 132m x 30m – (or any combination) inclusion of other genotypes

6 Spring Emergence data – date and rating (shoots/plot) Date of 50% emergence and soil temp Data during growing season – Height, bi-weekly – Brix monthly from sacrifice row

7 July Stalk counts and diameter

8 Fall 2009 Harvest Data EOS – Each location needs to fix that time Stalk count and diameter Final height Rating after first hard frost (differences?) Final Brix – want a 50 ml sap sample, freeze Fresh harvest weight – Sap yield – Stalk moist weight – Stalk dry weight – Stalk samples for fiber analysis Starkville MS; Nov 2007

9 Fall/Winter Harvest (other two rows) Moisture Southern locations Harvest and weigh


11 Planting prep Sept. 2007

12 Planting of seed cane

13 Plant establishment November 2007

14 February 2008

15 Starkville, MS; Oct 2007 First Year Field

16 Starkville November 2007

17 Starkville -November 2007

18 Starkville - February 2008


20 DoE Feedstock Partnership Collaborators Bill Anderson via Wayne Hanna (USDA via UGA, Tifton, GA) Brian Baldwin (MSU, Starkville, MS) Jürg Blumenthal (TAMU, College Station, TX) Charlie Brummer (UGA, Athens, GA) – 2008 addition Kenneth Gravois (LSU, St. Gabriel, LA) Jimmy Ray Parish (MSU, Raymond MS) Ed Richard /Tom Tew/Anna Hale (ARS-SRU, Houma, LA) Goro Uehara, (U Hawaii, Waimanalo) – 2009 addition Ted Wilson, et al. (TAMU, Beaumont, TX)

21 Starkville Athens Tifton St. Gabriel Beaumont Raymond College Station Honalulu Houma

22 Starkville Tifton Beaumont Raymond College Station Honalulu St. Gabriel Athens Houma

23 Issues/Major Factors LocationIssue/Major FactorStatus Waimanalo, HILegislation Heat treatment of seed cane Overturned, 2009 Slow growth Beaumont, TXHurricane Rita spawned tornadoesSeed cane unavailable, 1 year behind College Station, TX DroughtLower yield, but on track Starkville, MSExcessive rainLive with it

24 Obstacles to Data Collection El Niño – Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, and still rain – Starkville ended 2009 @ 84.5” (54” normal) – Same at: Tifton, Athens, St. Gabriel The weight of biomass – Energycane harvested at 60-70% moisture – A dry weight of 3 T/A is actually 4.2 T/A – Most sites harvest by hand

25 Energycane Brix Starkville, October 2008 and 2009 Brix % Energycane Sweet Sorghum Sugarcane

26 Mean Heights (m) 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Monthly Mean Temperature ( o C) St. Gabriel, LA ( o C) Starkville, MS ( o C)

27 First Year Energycane DM Yield by Location Energycane Genotype Athens, GA Starkville, MS Raymond, MS Tifton, GA College Station, TX St. Gabriel, LA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Yield (Mg/ha)- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ho 02-1445.60 c7.79 ab17.86 a24.38 d10.22 a14.06 c Ho 02-1476.31 c4.85 b22.08 a30.24 bc11.37 a17.65 ab Ho 06-90019.72 ab10.12 a14.25 a24.88 d15.00 a16.99 abc Ho 06-90028.27 bc7.43 ab17.18 a28.24cd14.10 a14.43 bc Ho 72-11411.53 a6.94 ab14.10 a38.27 a17.22 a19.80 a Ho 00-96119.49 a12.64 a L79-100233.19 b LSD α 0.05 2.924.538.304.698.613.45

28 Mean Mg/ha

29 First Year Dry Matter Yield Energycane 2009-2010 Starkville, MS northern site St. Gabriel, LA southern site Tifton, GA southern site GenotypeYield (Mg/ha) Ho 06-900110.12 a16.99 abc24.88 d Ho 02-1447.79 ab14.06 c24.38 d Ho 06-90027.43 ab14.43 bc28.24 cd Ho 72-1146.94 ab19.80 a38.27 a Ho 02-1474.85 b17.65 ab30.24 bc

30 Summary Findings Brix affected by rain Brix affected by genotype Spring onset of growth different – Early onset in genotypes closer to sugarcane can lead to higher yields at the southern locations – Early onset of genotypes closer to wild cane are not good for maximum growth in the “North” (spring frost)

31 Summary Findings, cont’d Yield varies by genotype Location matters, with Tifton, GA toping locations – Well-drained soils, with excellent rainfall Ho 72-114 seems best adapted to all locations tested.

32 US 72-114 (Starkville MS) US 72-114 (Chacahoula, LA )

33 Energycane Drawbacks Energycane – Of tropical origin Not photoperiodically senescing – Wet harvest – Removal of nutrients Limitations of sugarcane’s abilities in the “North” – Advantage of sucrose Limited accumulation, especially with excess rain Sugar and fiber are inversely proportional – Associative nitrogen fixation

34 Trans-species Comparison (Starkville 2008) Tonnage (Mg/ha)

35 2009 Second Year Energycane Field Tifton, GA

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