Ceres showcases energy crop advances at field day
Jeff Gwyn, PhD, Ceres’ vice president of breeding and genomics, said the goal of the bioenergy field day is to help guests better understand the technologies Ceres uses to develop and commercialize new seed varieties and traits. “Plant science works. When we combine plant breeding with biotech traits, like drought tolerance, we can enable energy crops to reach greater scale and improve their ability to grow on marginal, low-rent land.”
He noted that the experience of seeing the crops close-up can change your perspective on bioenergy. “When you walk within a stand of full-grown sorghum, the sunlight quickly disappears. The size of the crops make you realize just how effective plants can be at storing solar energy,” said Gwyn.