• Environmental Quality

    Characterizing Certain Grass Plants and Forage Soybean Genotypes as Sources of Biofuel and Their Potential for Phosphorus Hyperaccumulation


    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The need to increase sources of biofuel feedstocks has become more urgent due to the rapid dwindling of fossil fuel reserves and the over-reliance on importation of crude oil from politically unstable regions of the world. Agricultural lands on Delmarva have received heavy applications of poultry and swine manure, thus raising levels of phosphorus (P), which is leaching into water bodies, causing eutrophication and pollution. The methods researchers will use include trials on over-manured versus non-manured farmlands; multilocational trials to determine genotype adaptation; analyzing plant genotypes for biofuel yield, soils, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus dynamics; and microbial activities. Outcomes include increased sources of renewable energy, improved soil health, agrosustainability, and more highly trained students for the workforce. Impacts are enhanced fuel availability, soil health, the socio-economic well-being of local farmers, and highly-skilled students contributing to effective agricultural research output.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Grant 

    CONTACT:  Dr. Robert Dadson, Professor and Chair, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, rbdadson@umes.edu