Range Fuels, Ceres collaborate on biomass research

California-based plant genomics firm Ceres Inc. and Colorado-based Range Fuels Inc. have announced a formal collaboration to research and commercialize dedicated energy crops for cellulosic ethanol production. The two companies initially began working together this spring by establishing five-acre test plots of switchgrass and sorghum near Range Fuels' commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction in Soperton, Ga. Field data collected at the site will help to determine biomass yields and the economics of farming such crops.