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Poster Title: Cellulosic Ethanol Yield from Ensiled Corn Plant Residues

Authors: Tamara Smith, Megan Marshall, Tom L. Richard

Poster Abstract: As the food vs. fuel debate ensues, many in the scientific community are turning to lignocellulosic ethanol for the answers. Ensilage , traditionally used by farmers, is an effective way to preserve this material prior to saccharification and fermentation. However, the effects of ensilage on the downstream have yet to be determined.  This study investigates the effect that ensilage has on ethanol production coupled with the determination of which part of the corn plant (stover vs. cob) will generate the most yield. The results of these simple comparisons can serve as a cornerstone in the on-going investigation of the most efficient use of bioethanol feedstock.