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Kimberly Moore, Scott Greenhut, and Wagner Vendrame

been recently debated. Gerbens-Leenes et al. (2009) list jatropha as the bioenergy crop with the greatest water footprint per electricity output (396 m 3 ·GJ −1 electricity) based on high yields under optimal conditions, whereas Jongschaap et al

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Darren H. Touchell, Thomas G. Ranney, Dilip R. Panthee, Ronald J. Gehl, and Alexander Krings

taxa collected from North America and South Asia, to identify candidate genotypes for future development of North American bioenergy feedstocks. Materials and Methods Plant materials. Thirty-one accessions of Arundo species were collected from native

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Todd J. Rounsaville, Darren H. Touchell, and Thomas G. Ranney

; Wilson and Knox, 2006 ). The merits of M. sinensis have led to over 50 new selections introduced within the past 25 years ( Wilson and Knox, 2006 ). More recently, M. sinensis has shown promise as a potential crop for bioenergy applications

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Steven J. Bergsten, Andrew K. Koeser, and J. Ryan Stewart

, however, Agave shows promise as a bioenergy crop ( Conlu et al., 2011 ; Davis et al., 2011 ; Escamilla-Trevino, 2012 ; Holtum et al., 2011 ; Nunez et al., 2011 ), which is underscored by the high productivity of Agave mapisaga and Agave salmiana

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Yingchao Lin, Dejun Kong, Zhihong Wang, Yi Chen, Zhixiao Yang, Chun Wu, Hui Yang, and Lili Chen

. Biofuel for transport represents the major portion of worldwide bioenergy production, and food crops with high sugar or starch contents are some of the main sources of renewable raw material ( Ho et al., 2014 ). However, this practice has been called into

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Ying Chen, Xinlu Chen, Fei Hu, Hua Yang, Li Yue, Robert N. Trigiano, and Zong-Ming (Max) Cheng

Agave species ( Agave L.) are important species in tropical and subtropical ecosystems and are also cultivated as ornamentals. They have been recently recognized as highly promising bioenergy plants because they yield high cellulosic biomass while

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Jeff Olsen

crop that is competitive with annual crops for food, feed, or bioenergy. Dr. Thomas Molnar has been researching hazelnuts for the eastern United States since 1996 at Rutgers University. The program at Rutgers University has ≈11,000 hazelnut seedlings in

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Kevin D. Kephart, Corinne J. Rutzke, Norman R. Scott, and Larry P. Walker

The Sun Grant Initiative is a new Act of Congress (Sec. 9011 of Title IX of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act) that reflects a new vision for the future in agriculture. The Sun Grant Initiative is driven by a national consortium of land grant universities, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. The mission of the Sun Grant Initiative is to 1) enhance national energy security through development, distribution, and implementation of biobased energy technologies; 2) promote diversification and environmental sustainability of America's agriculture through land-grant based research, extension, and education programs in renewable energy and biobased products; and 3) promote opportunities for biobased economic diversification in rural communities. Bioenergy produced on American farms represents an opportunity to both reduce dependence on imported oil and provide a significant source of income to American farmers.

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Daniel E. Wells, Jeffrey S. Beasley, Lewis A. Gaston, Edward W. Bush, and Maureen E. Thiessen

Phosphorus (P) fertilizers with high water-solubility are often applied in excessive amounts to porous horticultural substrates to produce high-quality plants. As a result, high P losses during containerized plant production have presented an environmental challenge to responsible growers. Poultry litter ash (PLA), a byproduct of bioenergy production, contains P concentrations comparable to conventional P fertilizers but is characterized as having lower water-solubility. Therefore, a series of experiments were conducted to characterize effects of PLA on container-plant growth and P leaching. PLA was compared with superphosphate (SP), a highly water-soluble P source, in ratios of 0:100, 25:75, 50:50, 75:25, and 100:0 (SP:PLA) in the production of Lantana camara L. ‘New Gold’. In 2011, lantana fertilized with higher ratios of PLA exhibited slower growth with lower shoot and root biomasses compared with 100% SP-fertilized lantana. However, in 2012, differences in fertilizer treatments lessened, with 100% PLA-fertilized lantana exhibiting 14% less shoot biomass and no differences in root biomass compared with 100% SP-fertilized lantana. Measurement of shoot:root biomass, a common indicator of P deficiency, was not different between any P treatments in 2011 or 2012. This indicates root growth was most likely the driving factor in P-treatment effects on shoot biomass in each year of the experiment. During a postproduction field trial, no differences in growth or biomass were observed between lantana previously fertilized with P, regardless of source. However, application of PLA as the single P source reduced dissolved reactive P (DRP) concentrations in leachate >90% and total P (TP) mass losses 69% compared with 100% SP-fertilized lantana during container production, with P treatments reducing DRP and TP losses as PLA ratios increased. Therefore, the benefit of P-loss reduction during container production achieved through PLA application may warrant the acceptance of slightly smaller plants or extending production cycles.

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Mary Hockenberry Meyer, Cydnee Van Zeeland, and Katherine Brewer

Assessing seed priming, sowing date, and mulch film to improve the germination and survival of direct-sown Miscanthus sinensis in the United Kingdom Glob. Change Biol. Bioenergy 10 612 627 doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12518 Awty-Carroll, D. Ravella, S. Clifton