Holly Baxter, graduate student in the Department of Plant Sciences, is the first author on the first two-year field study of genetically engineered switchgrass. This paper was recently published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal, a top journal in plant science and biotechnology. Baxter coordinated the research amongst multiple researchers at UT, two national labs and other institutions. However, she did most of the research herself, some of it onsite at ORNL. The study found that the field-grown modified switchgrass gave significantly more biofuel and biomass, which is novel. At the end of the study, the plants produced 50% more gallons per acre than the conventional switchgrass. This study is not only the first of its kind, but the results are surprising and have economic implications.