EBI Personnel Directory Kaiser, Christopher


Feedstock Development

Christopher Kaiser

kaiser3@illinois.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Genetics and Pre-Commercial Breeding of Perennial Bioenergy Grasses

Northern-adapted, warm-season C4 perennial grasses are among the most promising candidates for developing sustainable dedicated bioenergy crops for North America. Genetic resources will play an essential role in increasing biomass yield of feedstock crops. However, germplasm collections in the U.S. for these species are small, and little breeding work has been done on them. This project is developing the foundational underpinnings for bioenergy grass crop improvement that University research has provided for other major crops, through germplasm collection and characterization, genetics of key traits, and Improved breeding & selection methods.