Dec 2, 2022
“Root Water Uptake of Biofuel Crops Revealed by Coupled Electrical Resistivity and Soil Water Content Measurements” with Dr. Alexandria Kuhl
Biofuel crops can be used to create fuel from renewable plant materials. Corn is the most common example, but as research progresses, scientists are looking to expand their biofuel crop pool to include woody perennials and ornamental grasses. These plants have a lot of positives going for them, but with longer growing seasons going head-to-head with decreasing water budgets and increasing food needs, much research is still needed to ensure these biofuel rookies can stand the economic and environmental tests of time. This episode, Alex discusses her work creating novel modeling methods to study the impacts and potential of new and promising biofuel crops.
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Vadose Zone Journal Special Section: Agrogeophysics: Geophysics to Investigate Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions & Support Agricultural Management II: https://acsess.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15391663/2021/20/4#heading-level-1-2
Intro paper for the special section, Geophysics Conquering New Territories: The Rise of ‘Agrogeophysics’: https://doi.org/10.1002/vzj2.20115
MSU Hydrology Lab Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSUHydro
United States Department of Energy: https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-basics
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: https://www.glbrc.org/research/sustainable-cropping-systems
Biofuel Jobs with the Department of Energy: https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/careers-beto
Minnesota Office for Soil Health: https://mosh.umn.edu/
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