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Title: Perennials in Flood-Prone Areas of Agricultural Landscapes: A Climate Adaptation Strategy

Abstract

Wet conditions across the US Midwest have forced farmers to delay planting of corn into June 2019, leading to a four-year low in projected corn yields. This event is part of a broader pattern that extends further back in history and is expected to worsen in future (Naz et al. 2016), raising concerns about the future sustainability of the corn-based economy. In this commentary, we suggest that deep-rooted perennial biomass crops will have considerable advantages for farmers under future climate once markets for cellulosic biofuels mature. Beyond climate-resilient cropping systems, research is suggesting that plants tolerant of wet conditions could benefit wetland conservation efforts while producing sustainable biomass for energy (Avellan et al. 2017, Melts et al. 2019).

Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1609055
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
BioScience
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 70; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0006-3568
Publisher:
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Jager, Henriette I., Parish, Esther S., Langholtz, Matthew H., and King, Anthony W. Perennials in Flood-Prone Areas of Agricultural Landscapes: A Climate Adaptation Strategy. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa006.
Jager, Henriette I., Parish, Esther S., Langholtz, Matthew H., & King, Anthony W. Perennials in Flood-Prone Areas of Agricultural Landscapes: A Climate Adaptation Strategy. United States. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa006
Jager, Henriette I., Parish, Esther S., Langholtz, Matthew H., and King, Anthony W. Tue . "Perennials in Flood-Prone Areas of Agricultural Landscapes: A Climate Adaptation Strategy". United States. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa006. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1609055.
@article{osti_1609055,
title = {Perennials in Flood-Prone Areas of Agricultural Landscapes: A Climate Adaptation Strategy},
author = {Jager, Henriette I. and Parish, Esther S. and Langholtz, Matthew H. and King, Anthony W.},
abstractNote = {Wet conditions across the US Midwest have forced farmers to delay planting of corn into June 2019, leading to a four-year low in projected corn yields. This event is part of a broader pattern that extends further back in history and is expected to worsen in future (Naz et al. 2016), raising concerns about the future sustainability of the corn-based economy. In this commentary, we suggest that deep-rooted perennial biomass crops will have considerable advantages for farmers under future climate once markets for cellulosic biofuels mature. Beyond climate-resilient cropping systems, research is suggesting that plants tolerant of wet conditions could benefit wetland conservation efforts while producing sustainable biomass for energy (Avellan et al. 2017, Melts et al. 2019).},
doi = {10.1093/biosci/biaa006},
journal = {BioScience},
number = 4,
volume = 70,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {2}
}

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