CORVALLIS - Oregon State University has won a $2.4 million federal grant for work on accelerating research in cellulosic biofuel crops, a possible alternative to food-based biofuels.

Oregon State researchers are working on ways to produce ethanol from cellulose, instead of food crops like corn.

One of the alternatives is switchgrass while another is poplar trees. Both can be grown quickly and have almost no food or commercial value.

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