Cornfields across America are providing most of the feedstock necessary to produce ethanol, which is fueling a growing number of vehicles on U.S. highways. But General Motors Corp. and its strategic technology partners expect the demand for fuels other than petroleum will far outstrip the availability of corn in the future. Companies such as Ceres Inc., BlueFire Ethanol Inc., Mascoma Corp. and Coskata Inc. are betting the farm on next-generation non-food-based feedstocks made from ...

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