Sorghum pp 269-277 | Cite as

The Role of Sorghum in Renewables and Biofuels

  • Jeff DahlbergEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1931)


Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench is an important annual C4 cereal crop with unique properties—it can be used in almost all renewable schemes being proposed for renewable fuels and green technologies. In the United States, the grain is currently used as a feedstock in the grain-ethanol process, while in China, the Philippines, and India, sweet sorghums are used in a sugar-to-ethanol process. High-tonnage biomass sorghums are being investigated for their potential use in both cellulosic and lignocellulosic renewables. Other countries have been exploring sorghum’s use as a renewable building material and as a potential source of high-value C molecules for the creation of renewable oils and other important industrial chemicals. Sorghum can become a major player in the renewable feedstock industry because of its potential for high-yield production under limited water and inputs, strong research capacities, a well-established seed industry, and a robust history of research on production and cultural practices. The following review highlights various research activities in support of renewables using sorghum as a primary feedstock.

Key words

Sorghum Renewable Ethanol Cellulosic Lignocellulosic Drought Low inputs Adaptability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UC-ANR Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) CenterParlierUSA

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