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Peanuts Studied as Source of Biodiesel Fuel


A new planter grid promises farmers higher peanut yields. (Image Number K4297-14 - Photo by Jack Dykinga)Move over, soybeans and corn: Peanuts may be elbowing their way into the biodiesel fuel market. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are searching for economically feasible peanut varieties for that very purpose.

Agronomist Wilson Faircloth at the ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory at Dawson, Ga., and Daniel Geller, a collaborative engineer at the University of Georgia, are testing a peanut called Georganic. It's not suited to current commercial edible standards for peanuts, but is high in oil and has low production input costs. [Read Full Article]

By Sharon Durham

USDA Public Affairs Specialist




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