Jan. 4, 2013 9:00 am

Planet Sensory Systems receives $1.8M from U.S. Dept. of Energy for biofuel production

It’s something to do with those vegetables you didn’t finish. In December, biotechnology firm Planet Sensory Systems — founded in 2007 and presently based out of UMBC‘s Research and Technology Park — received $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to “support a three-year program to develop an enhanced energy (sugar) beet, optimized for biofuel production,” according to […]

It’s something to do with those vegetables you didn’t finish.

In December, biotechnology firm Planet Sensory Systems — founded in 2007 and presently based out of UMBC‘s Research and Technology Park — received $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to “support a three-year program to develop an enhanced energy (sugar) beet, optimized for biofuel production,” according to a press release.

Translated into layman’s terms: if this three-year project is successful, these super-beets will absorb fertilizer and water more efficiently, which will in turn allow the beets to produce a larger quantity of fermentable sugars, which are used in the production of biofuels.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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