Location: Soil and Water Conservation Research
Project Number: 5356-21610-001-10-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 8, 2011
End Date: Aug 31, 2012
Analyze the biochemical composition and species diversity of vegetation grown for riparian conservation buffers in the agricultural landscapes of the semiarid Pacific Northwest to determine suitability for biofuel feedstocks.
A split plot, randomized complete block (RCB) design experiment was conducted in dryland wheat fields representing low, intermediate, and high rainfall zones to evaluate perennial bioenergy and forage crop production potential. Six representative, 0.4 ha sites were identified, with two sites assigned to each precipitation zone. From within each of these sites, vegetation samples were collected from 1m2 plots, the vegetation separated by species, oven dried at 60C for 24 hours and ground in preparation of biochemical composition analysis.