Biodiesel from Abandoned Land in the Southeast US (image) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Share Print E-Mail Caption Researchers are engineering sugarcane into a more productive, oil-producing plant that can grow in cooler climes. If their work proceeds as expected, growers will be able to meet 147 percent of the US mandate for renewable fuels with the modified sugarcane, the team reports. This crop could grow on abandoned land in the southeastern United States (about 20 percent of the green zone on the map). Credit Stephen Long Usage Restrictions Image may be used only to accompany stories about the research described in this release. Credit required: Stephen Long. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.