Researchers Study Beetle-Killed Trees

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(Photo by Josh King, courtesy of UW)
(Photo by Josh King, courtesy of UW)

The University of Wyoming is part of a multi-state research consortium that has received a $10 million grant to investigate how to convert beetle-killed trees into high-grade gasoline.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded the grant to the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies. UW Botany Professor Dan Tinker is leading the study’s ecological assessment. He says there’s a economic potential for beetle killed trees.

The university's portion of the study is for about one million dollars. Led by Colorado State University, the project includes researchers, extension specialists and educators in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

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