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CX-004378: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Genetic Improvement of Switchgrass
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Date: 11/02/2010
Location(s): Kingston, Rhode Island
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

The University of Rhode Island proposes to use federal funding to continue research associated with the GFO-09-055-002 project review. These efforts are aimed at advancing the understanding and utilization of switchgrass as a biofuel source and will concentrate on the development of hybrid plants and gene confinement strategies to ensure a safe environmental release. The University will produce plants that are genetically modified to select for a sterile plant. All work will take place with existing laboratory facilities located at the Plant Biotechnology Laboratory facility at 530 Liberty Lane, Kingston, Rhode Island.