Genetics, Breeding, Agronomy, and Pest Management of Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), a Potential New Biomass Crop for the North Central United States
CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.1
Location(s): South Dakota
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office
South Dakota State University proposes to use federal funds to determine genetic variation and develop molecular marker for cup plant populations, develop new cultivars that are selected to perform synergistically in combinations with prairie cordgrass and switchgrass, determine best management practice of plantings, determine life histories of insect pests, and determine the biochemical composition of feedstock. This project will include laboratory work to determine the genetic make up for the cup plant, the applicant has submitted a research and development questionnaire which thoroughly addresses chemical and safety handling protocols for all project work done at Biogenetic Services Inc. and Matthees Lab at South Dakota State University.