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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Robert B Mitchell (Rob)

Research Agronomist


Research Objectives

  1. Develop perennial cool- and warm-season grasses and legumes and associated management practices for use in establishing or restoring grazed grasslands.
  2. Develop perennial grasses, with emphasis on switchgrass, and associated management practices for use in biomass energy crop production systems.
  3. Develop basic and applied information on the genetic and physiological mechanisms controlling grass herbage and biomass yield and quality that could be utilized to improve these traits via breeding and management research.
  4. Coordinate the USDA Central-East Regional Biomass Research Center (https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/lincoln-ne/grain-forage-and-bioenergy-research/docs/central-east-regional-biomass-research-center/)


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    ‘Liberty’ switchgrass, the first bioenergy specific switchgrass developed
    for the central Great Plains and Midwest.

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    Field studies evaluating perennial grasses for bioenergy are being
    conducted at more than 50 sites in NE, IA, IL, IN, MN, MO, OH, PA, SD,
    ND, & WI on establishing & managing existing & new high yielding
    biomass strains.

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    Switchgrass provides a perennial grass option for marginally productive
    cropland to provide biomass for bioenergy, forage, wildlife habitat,
    reduce soil erosion, increase soil C sequestration, and reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions.

 


Last Modified: 12/1/2016
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