Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed, fuel

Industrial sweet potato variety could be suited for use as animal feed as well as biofuel feedstock.

As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel feedstocks increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) researchers have found that sweet potato vines, which usually are thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel.

This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida and for meeting biofuel needs worldwide, post-doctoral researche

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