Comparing Biomass Yields of Low-Input High-Diversity Communities with Managed Monocultures Across the Central United States

@article{Johnson2010ComparingBY,
  title={Comparing Biomass Yields of Low-Input High-Diversity Communities with Managed Monocultures Across the Central United States},
  author={Mari-Vaughn V. Johnson and James R. Kiniry and Homer Sanchez and H Wayne Polley and Philip A Fay},
  journal={BioEnergy Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={3},
  pages={353-361}
}
Biofuel cropping expansion is increasing pressure on food, grazing, and conservation lands. Debate over the efficacy of converting diverse native plant communities to managed monocultures prompted us to explore the extensive crop and ecological site productivity databases maintained by US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service. We compared annual net primary productivity (ANPP) of diverse native plant communities to ANPP of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in Nebraska… CONTINUE READING