Pennycress Investigated as Cash Cover Crop for Biofuel

Western Illinois University School of Agriculture is the lead for a project that will investigate Pennycress as a new cash cover crop for use by the biofuel industry. USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provided a $10 million grant for a project that will also involve researchers at Illinois State University, the Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and the University of Minnesota. According to a press release, the integrated Pennycress crop program will work toward commercializing the crop within five years. Research will focus on improving Pennycress genetics (germplasm) for plant breeding and preservation, agronomic management, ecosystems, and supply-chain management for post-harvest seed control.