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Grasslands, Rangelands, and Agricultural Systems

This report explores how switchgrass
(Panicum virgatum L.), a native perennial cellulosic grass, may become the center of biofuel production in some parts of the Great Plains and Midwest. This report will address the sustainability of growing biofuels in the US grassland regions, the environmental and ecological changes that have occurred in these areas already, and how the cultivation of biofuel crops may continue to change the landscape of the region.
This report is one of a four-part series based upon scientific manuscripts initially presented at a conference hosted by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and sponsored by a consortium of other scientific organizations, nongovernmental
organizations, federal agencies, and the private sector in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2008.
All four reports can be found at the the link below or the following web address:
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Resource Group ESA Biofuels and Sustainability Reports
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Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords agriculture, biofuels, geography, Panicum virgatum L, switchgrass, grassland, perrenial grass, sustainability
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used to supplement a lesson/lecture on land geography of the US. Students can also read this to begin their critical thinking regarding land appropriation and the economic and environmental undertakings of cultivating switchgrass for biofuel production.
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Primary Author Affiliation USDA-ARS;University of Oklahoma;USDA-ARS;USDA-ARS;USDA-ARS
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Rights Ecological Society of America
Date Of Record Submission 2012-07-06

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