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Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 270
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After reading this article http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-08/better-switchgrass about the use of a plant other than switchgrass for production of cellulosic ethanol, I wondered if anybody had looked into using the hop plant. Specifically the mention of rhizomes made me think of hops. With hop bine's fast grow rate, and low maintenance, especially for some varieties, I thought it might also be a good alternative. In fact, they could probably use the bines from the existing plants, after harvesting the cones.

Anybody ever hear of studies into this?

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