Definition of switchgrass
: a tall North American panic grass (Panicum virgatum) that is used for hay and forage
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In the next phase of funding, Donohue said that UW and Michigan State researchers will work on energy and chemical production from sources such as poplar trees, switchgrass and sorghum for an array of uses.
Cellulosic ethanol, typically made from corn stalks, switchgrass and other materials, has been commercialized at a slower pace than supporters had hoped.
In addition to switchgrass and American beach grass, look for cocklebur, sea rocket and cottonwood here.
One of the leading companies exploring ethanol from biomass is Novozymes, which is developing an enzyme that turns corn stovers, wood chips, switchgrass and other agricultural waste into glucose sugar that can be converted into ethanol.
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Origin and Etymology of switchgrass
alteration of quitch (grass)
First Known Use: 1840See Words from the same year
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