Feasibility and Environmental Impact of Switchgrass Grown for Biofuel on Marginal Quality Lands
2011 DOT-RITA Seed Award
Principal Investigators and affiliations:
PI: Dr. Yaling Qian (Colorado State University, Horticulture)
Co-PI: Dr. Joe Brummer (Colorado State University)
Start Date: 7/1/2011
End Date: 12/31/2013
The long-term goal of the project is to promote environmentally sustainable biofuel feedstock production on marginal quality land under rain-fed vs. irrigated conditions.
The project period objectives for this proposal are to:
- determine the impacts of different soil salinity levels on switchgrass germination, establishment, and yield
- continue to determine the relative production potential of different switchgrass varieties under rain-fed and irrigated conditions on marginally saline soil
- assess carbon sequestration and management inputs of switchgrass grown on marginal quality land
- generate information on best management practices using ecosystem simulation models.