Navigation Links
Biofuel grasslands better for birds than ethanol staple corn, researchers find
Date:1/6/2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. Developing biofuel from native perennials instead of corn in the Midwest's rolling grasslands would better protect threatened bird populations, Michigan State University research suggests.

Federal mandates and market forces both are expected to promote rising biofuel production, MSU biologist Bruce Robertson says, but the environmental consequences of turning more acreage over to row crops for fuel are a serious concern.

Ethanol in America is chiefly made from corn, but research is focusing on how to cost-effectively process cellulosic sources such as wood, corn stalks and grasses. Perennial grasses promise low cost and energy inputs planting, fertilizing, watering and the new study quantifies substantial environmental benefits.

"Native perennial grasses might provide an opportunity to produce biomass in ways that are compatible with the conservation of biodiversity and important ecosystem services such as pest control," Robertson said. "This work demonstrates that next-generation biofuel crops have potential to provide a new source of habitat for a threatened group of birds."

With its rich variety of ecosystems, including historic prairie, southern Michigan provided a convenient place to compare bird populations in 20 sites of varying size for each of the three fuel feedstocks. Grassland birds are of special concern, Robertson said, having suffered more dramatic population losses than any other group of North American birds.

In the first such empirical comparison and the first to simultaneously study grassland bird communities across habitat scales, Robertson and colleagues found that bugs and the birds that feed on them thrive more in mixed prairie grasses than in corn. Almost twice as many species made their homes in grasses, while plots of switchgrass, a federally designated model fuel crop, fell between the two in their ability to sustain biodiversity.

The larger the plot of a
'/>"/>

Contact: Mark Fellows
mark.fellows@ur.msu.edu
517-884-0166
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Team overcomes major obstacles to cellulosic biofuel production
2. New Miscanthus hybrid discovery in Japan could open doors for biofuel industry
3. Seaweed as biofuel? Metabolic engineering makes it a viable option
4. Green genes in yeast may boost biofuel production by increasing stress tolerance
5. Directed self-assembly of vertical nanotubes for biosensors, logic, nano-biofuel cells
6. Can engineered bugs help generate biofuels? Study holds promise
7. Biofuels production has unintended consequences on water quality and quantity in Mississippi
8. Gene find could lead to healthier food, better biofuel production
9. Growing sorghum for biofuel
10. Pennycress could go from nuisance weed to new source of biofuel
11. Algae for biofuels: Moving from promise to reality, but how fast?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Biofuel grasslands better for birds than ethanol staple corn, researchers find
(Date:7/11/2014)... brains of all vertebrates, information is transmitted through ... chemical signal to be passed from one brain ... most abundant type of synapse, can be either ... learning, memory, perception and cognition, and the balance ... function. For instance, every time we learn ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... in New Mexico, nearly every public golf course is ... potable water supplies. Across the U.S. Southwest as a ... treated effluent. Reusing the effluent increases the sustainability of ... alike fertilize their lawns during the growing season. The ... State University turfgrass expert has a new vision for ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 27, 2014  The American Academy of Forensic ... Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of ... and forensic science expert members to the Forensic ... element of the NIST,s Organization of Scientific Area ... first appointments made to the new FSSB that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Blame it on the astrocytes 2'Tailored' water -- the latest in lawn care 2Ten Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Appointed to Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) 2Ten Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Appointed to Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) 3
... thinker Archimedes shouted "Eureka" in the tub, inspired as ... ages have solved many of life,s mysteries by considering ... addresses some of the most important questions in modern ... the largest scientific meeting of the year devoted to ...
... Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on ... stormwater management focuses on regulating the flow of ... restore the hydrologic cycle disrupted by extensive pavement ... lack of infiltration opportunities affects groundwater recharge and ...
... Rochelle, NY, November 19, 2008Biotech scientists increasingly are ... understand the effects of novel drug candidates on ... Engineering & Biotechnology News ( GEN ). ... new compound,s mechanism of action and eventually developing ...
Cached Biology News:Jupiter's shrinking red spot 2Jupiter's shrinking red spot 3Jupiter's shrinking red spot 4Jupiter's shrinking red spot 5Jupiter's shrinking red spot 6Jupiter's shrinking red spot 7Jupiter's shrinking red spot 8Jupiter's shrinking red spot 9Jupiter's shrinking red spot 10Urban trees enhance water infiltration 2
(Date:7/11/2014)... Cayenne Medical, Inc., a privately ... soft tissue reconstruction segment, announced the worldwide launch ... involving the shoulder and extremities. The SureLock System ... deployment method. The unique delivery eliminates manual tensioning ... or anchor displacement (also commonly know as anchor ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Faso (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 ... today have access to an additional family planning ... access to contraception at all levels of the ... lower-dose formulation of a widely used contraceptive—Pfizer’s Depo-Provera® ... , Burkina Faso is the first of four ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 ... often present in very low abundance and are ... quite challenging and time-consuming. , Join presenters Dr. ... Laboratories, and Dr. John Anders, Head of Quality ... mass spectrometer-based approach that can speed detection and ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 10, 2014 Deep Knowledge Ventures ... Forum on ‘Commercialising Longevity Research’ and welcomed a ... the London Bioscience Innovation Center for the event, ... Aging Analytics Ltd. The meeting highlighted the need ... research for age-related disease, as well as the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cayenne Medical Launches SureLock™ All-Suture Anchor System for Shoulder and Extremity Surgery 2Cayenne Medical Launches SureLock™ All-Suture Anchor System for Shoulder and Extremity Surgery 3Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 2Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 3Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 4Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 5Injectable Contraceptive Launched in Burkina Faso to Expand Choice and Address Unmet Need 6Novel Ms Techniques Speed Detection of Biopharmaceutical Product and Process Impurities, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks 2DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 2DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 3DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 4DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 5DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 6
... online for the first time in December. An electronic grading ... members from the Universitys Division of Information Technology ... , ,We worked out what we wanted to make available ... said Connie Chatman, manager for student records in the Office ...
... ever rejected a job candidate with an impeccable resume ... and behaviors clashed with those of your organization? Has ... they burned through the people who worked for them? ... questions, you work for a company with an attitude ...
... Wis. A Web site connecting companies with potential ... later this month. , , Candela Solutions, LLC , and ... DirectorConnector , which has started signing up companies and people ... has typically been ahead of the curve on this," said ...
Cached Biology Technology:UW-Madisons move to online grading goes smoothly 2Whats your attitude about talent? 2Whats your attitude about talent? 3Whats your attitude about talent? 4