Auburn University establishes Transportation Research Institute

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Auburn University is forming the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute. Transportation problems of the future will involve multidisciplinary work, and the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute will move Auburn into position to solve these real-world problems.

U Alabama study finds LTE C-V2N and DSRC connected vehicle latency approximately equivalent for infrastructure messages

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A side-by-side comparison of connected vehicle technology at 85 traffic signals in the Tuscaloosa, AL area showed that latency in delivering safety messages from roadside units (RSUs) to vehicles via dedicated short range radios (DSRC) and LTE cellular (C-V2N) was “approximately equivalent,” according to a study by the University of Alabama. The research was conducted in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation.


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Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility

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The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is building a new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test track, making it one of the few such facilities in the nation attached to a test track.

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University Of Georgia purchases 20 Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain

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The University of Georgia has placed an order for twenty Proterra 40? With the deployment of 20 Catalyst buses, the University of Georgia will have one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the US, and will displace more than 2,500,000 gallons of diesel over the vehicles’ 12-year lifespan and eliminate more than 4,500,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually. Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain technology and fourteen 125 kW Proterra PCS chargers.

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Alabama Project Testing Potential for Combining CO2 Storage with Enhanced Methane Recovery

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Field testing the potential for combining geologic carbon dioxide storage with enhanced methane recovery is underway at a site in Alabama by a US Department of Energy (DOE) team of regional partners. Southern Company, El Paso Exploration & Production, the Geological Survey of Alabama, and the University of Alabama are all participating in the field test, known as the Black Warrior CO 2 Storage Project.

Alabama Injection Project Aimed at Enhanced Oil Recovery, Testing Important Geologic CO2 Storage

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Carbon dioxide injection—an important part of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology—is underway as part of a pilot study of CO 2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Citronelle Field of Mobile County, Alabama. A project team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham is conducting the injection. Project performers include the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Ala); Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Normal, Ala.);

Auburn University leads $2M DOE Co-Optima project to evaluate renewable butyl acetate as diesel fuel additive

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Auburn University researchers are leading a $2-million US Department of Energy Co-Optima project ( earlier post ) that will evaluate renewable butyl acetate (BA) as a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Joining as collaborators in the research are Cornell University, the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech and corporate partners Microvi Biotech Inc.

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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). This $7.5-million federal investment will fund university research on the safe integration of drones into our national airspace. Mississippi State University – lead University. Kansas State University.

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — North (Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia): Pennsylvania State University aims to assess and catalog Northern Appalachian Basin rare earth elements and critical minerals resources and waste streams, develop strategies to recover minerals from these streams, and assess the infrastructure, industries and businesses in the Northern Appalachian Basin to determine supply chain gaps. Other: University of Kansas Center for Research Inc.

StarMetro places 3rd order for electric buses with Proterra for Florida State; 100% battery-electric fleet

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StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, has agreed to purchase 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses to service Florida State University (FSU), bringing the StarMetro fleet to 27 battery-electric buses. FSU is one of the first universities in the nation to decommission its entire fossil-fuel powered fleet and upgrade it to a 100% battery-electric fleet. Proterra has also sold its Catalyst buses to the University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University.

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DOE, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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The US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks launched the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition ( AVTC ), revealed the 12 competing universities and named the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition. The participating universities include: Colorado State University. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. McMaster University. Mississippi State University.

Ohio State named first-year champion in 4-year EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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The Ohio State University has been named The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One champion, taking the lead in the premier four-year collegiate engineering competition. Rounding out the top three are Virginia Tech in second place and the University of Alabama in third place. For jumping to the top of the leaderboard, Ohio State will take home an extra $10,000 to further support the university’s advanced vehicle technology program.

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Ohio State takes first place in DOE/GM EcoCAR 3 competition

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The Ohio State University has taken first place in the final year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. EcoCAR 3 is the latest Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series and challenges 16 North American university teams to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to further reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the performance expected from this iconic American car.

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EcoCAR 3 competition to use Chevy Camaro as base vehicle

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and will donate a Chevrolet Camaro to each one of the 16 universities that were recently selected for the exclusive competition. EcoCAR 3 challenges university students across North America to design, build and optimize eco-friendly powertrains over the course of the next four years. Schools selected for EcoCAR 3 are: Arizona State University. California State University, Los Angeles. Colorado State University. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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University of Alabama. University of North Dakota. North Carolina State University. Oregon State University. University of Cincinnati. University of Maryland - College Park. Princeton University. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Utah State University. Montana State University. Arizona State University. University of California - San Diego. Duke University. University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

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DOE awards Hyundai $4.95M for work on advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine; Co-Optima

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The co-operative research project along with Michigan Technological University and Phillips 66 signifies the importance in developing fuel and engine innovations that work together for optimal vehicle performance and leading fuel economy ratings. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Hyundai America Technical Center $4.95

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Wyoming leads in vehicle miles traveled per person

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The states that follow Wyoming with the highest levels of VMT per person are Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, and North Dakota. Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan.

Iranian researchers produce biodiesel from flixweed seed oil

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Under a project to deliver a new generation of green transport fuel, researchers the Islamic Azad University in Iran have produced biodiesel from flixweed seed oil. The invasive plant now occurs in 48 states, excluding Alabama and Florida; it has also been introduced in South America, Asia, southern Africa, and New Zealand.).

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DOE-sponsored drilling projects demonstrate significant CO2 storage at three sites

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Managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the site characterization well drilling projects occurred in the resource-rich Black Warrior Basin in northwest Alabama; the Newark Basin, underlying a heavily industrialized region in parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and the Rock Springs Uplift in southwestern Wyoming, in proximity to some of the state’s largest sources of CO2 emissions.

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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The Research Foundation for The SUNY Stony Brook University. University of Delaware. University of Maryland. Marquette University. Washington State University. Colorado State University. Regents of University of Minnesota. Purdue University. Clemson University. Michigan Technological University. University of Alabama. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Utah State University.

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Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of biojet fuel in the United States. The Québec-based company and its subsidiary, Agrisoma USA, is working with a network of 40 academic researchers from seven universities associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science. —David Wright, project lead and an agronomy professor at the University of Florida. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

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DOE BETO awards $10M to 7 advanced biofuels projects

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Metabolix in collaboration with North Carolina State University. The Ohio State University in collaboration with the University of Alabama and Green Biologics. The University of California, Riverside in collaboration with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and CogniTek. Grace and Company and Michigan Technological University.

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American Chemical Society Posts Online Collection of New Resources on Climate Change

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Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University. Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University. Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University.

Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.

DOE to award more than $7M to four projects to advance hydrogen storage

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University of Oregon, up to $2.0 The University of Oregon, along with The University of Alabama, DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Protonex Technology Corporation, will develop and test promising new materials for hydrogen storage. The US Department of Energy is awarding more than $7 million to fund four 3-year projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel-cell-electric vehicles.

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Study of californium borate could lead to new technologies for radioactive waste storage and nuclear fuel recycling

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Now, a large scale, international study led by Florida State University Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt has shown that Californium can bond covalently to borate. million, paid for through an endowment to the university in honor of retired professor Gregory Choppin. The element californium (Cf, atomic number 98) is the heaviest element existing on Earth. Scientists have thought that Cf chemistry was dominated by ionic interactions.

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USDOT announces $84.9M through Lo-No program to expand advanced bus technologies

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Alabama A&M University. Alabama A&M University will receive funds to replace diesel buses that have reached the end of useful life with zero-emission electric buses, including all related electrical charging station infrastructure. The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $84.9

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FTA awarding $130M in Low-No grants for zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and facilities

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Alabama A&M University. Alabama A&M University will receive funds to purchase zero-emission electric buses, which will replace diesel buses that have reached the end of their useful life.

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International bioenergy research team sequences miscanthus genome

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The open-access study, published in Nature Communications , was supervised by CABBI researchers Daniel Rokhsar, Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California (UC), Berkeley; and Kankshita Swaminathan, Faculty Investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Alabama. The study relied on extensive field collections over several growing seasons at the University of Illinois that captured the plant’s full life cycle.

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ICL, CMU study associates PM2.5 air pollution in US with >30,000 deaths and reduced life expectancy

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Air quality in the US may be linked with increased mortality and reduced life expectancy according to new research from Imperial College London and the Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions at Carnegie Mellon University. was largest around Los Angeles and in some southern states, such as Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama.

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NREL announces $18M investment in 9 new projects to advance medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle technologies

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Michigan Technological University and Westport will address natural gas engine emissions and efficiency improvements by demonstrating the feasibility of compression ignition of directly injected natural gas.

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New one-pot method for recharging ammonia borane opens up potential for viable on-board hydrogen storage

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the University of Alabama (UA) researchers working within the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence have demonstrated a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane (H 3 N-BH 3 , AB). Ideal overall reaction scheme for AB (H 3 NBH 3 ) regeneration from PB (“BNH”) with hydrazine (N 2 H 4 ). Sutton et al. 1428 Click to enlarge.

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NASA selects three proposals to develop ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures; seeking 40% mass reduction

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of Huntsville, Alabama: Ultra-Lightweight Core Materials for Efficient Load-Bearing Composite Sandwich Structures. Proposals for this solicitation were received from NASA centers, universities and industry. NASA has selected three proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight (ULW) materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures. The proposals will mature advanced technologies that will enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft by 40% for deep space exploration.

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Researchers create first large-scale model of human mobility that incorporates human motive; population distribution rather than size

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Researchers from MIT, Northeastern University and Italy’s University of Padua have identified an underlying flaw in the “gravity law”—a statistical formula used in modeling the movement of people and goods between cities, states or countries. But according to census data, 44 people commuted in Utah and six in the sparsely populated area of Alabama. González, Amos Maritan & Albert-László Barabási (2012) A universal model for mobility and migration patterns.

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NHTSA: US traffic fatalities increased 3.3% in 2012

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Ten times as many riders died not wearing a helmet in states without a universal helmet law than in states with such laws. Thirteen states and Washington DC experienced reductions in overall traffic fatalities, led by Mississippi (48 fewer); New Jersey (38); Georgia (34); Alabama (30); and Utah (26).

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New family of hydrophobic ionic liquid rocket propellants could replace hydrazine-based fuels

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from the University of Alabama noted in a 2014 paper that: Currently, the basic design strategy to make hypergolic ILs is to incorporate reactivity in the cation and/or anion through the incorporation of chemical bonds known to induce a hypergolic reaction with common oxidizers, such as the N−C≡N bond (e.g., Researchers in China have developed a family of hydrophobic borohydride-rich ionic liquids (ILs) which exhibit ultra-short ignition delay times as low as 1.7

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US DOE to Invest Up to $989M in Three Carbon Capture and Sequestration Projects; Total Project Value of $3.18B

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Southern Company Services (SCS) will retrofit a CO 2 capture plant on a 160 megawatt flue gas stream at an existing coal-fired power plant, Alabama Power’s Plant Barry, located north of Mobile, AL. In addition to SCS, the project team includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Schlumberger Carbon Services, Advanced Resources International, the Geological Survey of Alabama, EPRI, Stanford University, the University of Alabama, AJW Group, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Vitruivan crowd-sourcing funding for novel biofuel from sewage treatment bio-solids

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Data collected with colleagues at the University of Alabama have shown 70-90% conversion of feedstock to SCFAs (short chain fatty acids). Vitruvian Energy is trying to crowd-fund its novel biofuel EEB (ethyl 3-ethoxybutyrate). EEB is produced from organic waste, including (and initially) sewage treatment bio-solids—the leftover, dirt-like organic material that remains after a community’s wastewater is treated.

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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Clemson University. The Curators of The University of Missouri. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Michigan Technological University. Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin. The University of Alabama.

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New membrane technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture begins pilot-scale test

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The NCCC, operated by Southern Company Services, includes a post-combustion carbon-capture facility that allows testing and integration of advanced CO 2 -capture technologies using flue gas from Alabama Power’s Gaston power plant Unit 5—an 880 megawatt pulverized coal unit. Other collaborators are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Prairie Research Institute’s Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Illinois State Geological Survey, Affiliated Engineers Inc.,

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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Montana State University. Murray State University. University of Southern Mississippi. Emergent Polymer Sensing Technologies for Gulf Coast Water Quality Monitoring This collaboration between Mississippi and Alabama develops advanced polymer-based sensing technologies to detect pollutants in Gulf Coast aquatic ecosystems. University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. Jackson State University.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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35 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities signing on to DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and committing to provide electric vehicle charging access for their workforce. Southern Company: Alabama Power. The Battery500 consortium will include four DOE National Laboratories and five universities in an effort aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance. Binghamton University (State University of New York).

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New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

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Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. This important step came after ArborGen’s extensive field testing of the trees produced from tissue cultures in Merkle's lab in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

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