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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DETERMINATION OF ENERGY CONTENT OF CROP AND COVER CROP BIOMASS

Location: Crop Production Systems Research Unit

Project Number: 6402-12130-003-08
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 01, 2009
End Date: Jun 30, 2013

Objective:
Thermodynamically measure the energy content of crops, cover crops, and crop residue for potential carbon sequestration or utility as biofuels or soil amendments.

Approach:
Cover crops and cash crops will be grown and plant residue harvested. The dried plant materials will be ground. Energy content of all plant materials will be determined in a bomb calorimeter. Energy content and carbon content production will be determined on a land area basis for potential use as biofuels or soil amendments to improve soil organic carbon content. Carbon sequestration potential of the various crops and cover crops will be calculated.

Last Modified: 4/20/2014
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