The harvesting of a sweet sorghum crop

The harvesting of a sweet sorghum crop

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Credit: TOMMASO GUICCIARDINI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Harvesting of a sweet sorghum, Sorghum vulgar, crop. The machine seen here (at right) is a modified version of a machine originally designed for sugar cane harvesting operations. The sorghum gathered here is used for bioenergy purposes. These include the manufacture of ethanol from the sugars extracted from the plant and the production of environmentally friendly biofuels such as gas and oil from the bagasse (dry pulp). The part of the plant used for these purposes is the central stem. The harvesting machine has been modified to separate the stems (loaded into the truck) from the the leaves and flowering parts. Sweet sorghum is the fourth most important cereal in the world. The project is funded by the Commission of European Communities.

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Keywords: agricultural, agriculture, bioenergy research, farming, harvest, land use, mechanised, mechanized, sorghum, sorghum vulgar, sweet, sweet sorghum

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