Theoretically, almost any grass could be used as a biofuel. However, the grass from your lawn doesn’t make the best candidate. The giant grass Miscanthus, however, may be a very promising crop for ethanol production. According to research from the University of Illinois, we could use Miscanthus to offset 20% of gasoline use, and it would “require only 9.3 percent of current agricultural acreage” — as opposed to corn or switchgrass, which “would take 25 percent of current U.S. cropland out of food production.” It’s also worth noting that corn itself is actually just a highly modified type of grass.
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