Producing biomass: Biomass types: Crops


Agave can be used as a feedstock for creating ethanol.


Oil can be extracted from canola seed to produce biodiesel.

Fibre crops

Ethanol can be produced from fibre crops.

Giant reed

The perennial grass, giant reed (Arundo donax), can be used to produce ethanol.

Indian mustard

Indian mustard can be grown as an oilseed crop and the oil used to make biodiesel.

Native grasses

Australia has about 1000 species of native grasses.

Sorghum (grain)

Sorghum grain can be processed to produce ethanol.

Sweet sorghum

Sweet sorghum produces both food and energy.
Giant reed photo is courtesy of Australian National Botanic Gardens; image by RG & FJ Richardson. Native grass photo is courtesy of Native Seeds Pty Ltd.


Fabiano Ximenes

Forest Science - Department of Industry - Lands

level 12, 10 Valentine Ave, Parramatta NSW 2150,
Phone: 0458760812
ADI Systems Asia Pacific Ltd

ADI Systems Asia Pacific

83 Castle Street, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9058
Phone: 1 800 751 806
David Rogers

Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

444 Albany Hwy, Albany WA 6330
Phone: 08 9892 8532
Prof. Ian O’Hara

Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Queensland University of Technology

2 George St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: 07 3138 1551, 0437 541 295
Joe Muscat

Mackay Fibre Producers Group

Oakenden, Queensland,
Phone: 0429 377 162