University of Tennessee Field Day Includes DOE s Program on Carbon Sequestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems (CSiTE)


The University of Tennessee is holding its 2008 Field Day on July 24, 2008, with 19 different tours being offered. Three of this year s tours will include the production of switchgrass, bioenergy, and storage of carbon in soils of the switchgrass system. DOE s CSiTE program will participate at the Milan, Tennessee, site. CSiTE is a joint Laboratory Program that investigates properties and processes of terrestrial carbon sequestration. A part of their field research is carried out at the Milan Switchgrass site. The Field Day draws visitors from around the country, and over 3,000 visitors attended previous events. Chuck Garten and Robin Graham of ORNL will present results on CSiTE research, discussing how switchgrass production as a feedstock for biofuel can provide a double dividend, since it also increases soil carbon sequestration, reducing the rate of CO2 increase in the atmosphere.