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Ethanol & Zea mays                                                                                                            

Zea mays has been in the news quite a bit lately. It has been used recently in as an alternative biofuel to gasoline and is quickly gaining popularity. Zea mays is being used to make ethanol. Ethanol is the most popular biofuel currently being produced because of the abundance of corn all over the world. In 2006, there were 128 factories in 21 states producing ethanol and that number has grown. E85, the biofuel produced from corn, is now being sold at over 850 different gas stations.


 Number of Fueling Stations that Offer E85 in the United States                                          Fueling stations in the United States that offer E85


Some Fun Facts about Corn

-Corn, rice and wheat provide the chief sources of energy in the human diet. Zea mays at harvest

-China is the leading importer of corn.

-In the United States about half of the corn harvested each year is used to feed for livestock.

-Kernels are ingredients in many breakfast cereals and salad dressings.

-Corn is also used to make ceramics, drugs, paints, paper goods and textiles.

-In countries like Latin America, Africa and Asia corn is a major part of the human diet, but it lacks  protein. Many of the people of these countries suffer from protein malnourishment. Scientists in Mexico have recently developed a modified type of corn that has high amounts of protein in it.

-Corn is found in penicillin and vitamins

-There are about 250 different races of corn.

-Corn ranges in size for three feet tall to twenty feet tall.


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About Me                                                                                                       Ashley Knudsen, picture taken by Melissa Baartman                     

Hi! My name is Ashley Knudsen. I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a dual-major in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Pre-med. I chose to do my website on Zea mays because it is one of my favorite  foods to eat and it has been in the news so much lately with its use to make ethanol as an alternative biofuel to gasoline. When I'm not  studying, I enjoy running, horse-back riding and just being outdoors. If you have any questions or want to contact me, feel free to e-mail me at Thanks for checking out my website!


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