LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The University of Louisville has begun to grow industrial hemp to enhance it’s research in manufacturing and in fuels.
Article by Makayla Ballman
UofL researchers have partnered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Agriculture Department to plant a 40-by-40 foot plot of hemp. The plot is located adjacent to The Phoenix House on the Belknap Campus. Other nearby plots will be planted with other plants that have similar potential as fuel.
Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp has no chemicals that produce a “high” for users, making it useless as a recreational drug. In addition for using the plant for research, the university will use the planting to educate the public on the uses for and benefits of industrial hemp.
Fuel and manufacturing research will be conducted by Jagannadh Satyavolu who is the bio fuels theme leader at the Conn Center, Noppodon Sathitsuksanoh who is an assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Eric Berson who is an associate professor of chemical engineering.
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