- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University and the Pee Dee Research and Education Center are getting a $3 million grant to research trees and grasses as renewable energy sources.

The Morning News of Florence reported (http://bit.ly/1czrIxA ) the effort is getting $3.8 million over several years from the Abengoa Energy Crops of Uruguay.

The South Carolina group will study the sustainability, genetic development and harvesting of potential bioenergy crops.

Clemson professor James Frederick says researchers will evaluate switch grass and biomass sorghum at the research center using test plots around the region. They also plan to analyze varieties of cottonwood, sweet gum and loblolly pine trees.

As coal plants are closing around the world, industries are looking for alternative sources of energy that might produce items like wood pellets for burning.

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Information from: Morning News, http://www.scnow.com

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