Navigation Links
Iowa State researchers study ground cover to reduce impact of biomass harvest
Date:7/8/2008

hese complementary mixtures of multiple species that grow and share space. In a way we are sort of simulating the grassland systems that were originally here, but in very simple way."

The grass between the rows will also have other advantages in addition to the ecological benefits.

Grasses will help keep weeds down. This will reduce the need for herbicides. Also, grasses, combined with some types of fungi, will help reduce the number of insects that require farmers to spray, said Moore.

These ground cover grasses can also be selected for any number of traits, just like corn can be, said Moore.

"We are trying to identify the right system of herbicide, strip tillage, and species combination that minimizes competition with corn and maximizes benefits," said Singer.

The one obstacle that researchers must overcome is the effect on corn yield.

In the current stages of the research, corn yield suffers because of the competition from the ground cover grasses, said Moore.

"Our goal is produce a ground cover that will not interfere or compete with corn production in any way," he said.

Once that problem is solved, the researchers say that using living mulch as ground cover will be an ecologically sound method of keeping a nutrient-rich soil while harvesting stover in the amounts that the USDA predicts.

"I think by the end of the project in two or three more years, I am optimistic that we'll be able to identify the one or two species of grass that we really need to work with for the living mulch," said Lamkey.

"I am also fairly optimistic that we'll be able to identify inbred corn lines that do well in these systems," he said.

That day may not be too far into the future, according to Moore.

"I can envision a day," said Moore, "when smart seed companies are co-developing these packages where they sell ground cover seed and corn hybrids that work in association."


'/>"/>

Contact: Kendall Lamkey
krlamkey@iastate.edu
515-294-7826
Iowa State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Obesity and the central nervous system -- the state of the art
2. University of Minnesota study refutes belief that black men have more aggressive prostate cancer
3. Iowa State University conference examines developing bioeconomy
4. University and state agencies to forecast local health effects of climate change
5. K-State Veterinary Lab routinely tests for bluetongue virus
6. New prostate cancer research findings
7. Iowa State professors genome research published in the latest issue of Science
8. Leading researchers to reveal comprehensive dos and donts for prostate cancer
9. K-State chemistry professor to receive Masao Horiba award
10. K-State sociologists use Department of Energy grant
11. NIH grants $33 M in institutional development awards to 3 states
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Iowa State researchers study ground cover to reduce impact of biomass harvest
(Date:4/14/2015)...  HYPR Corp. today announced it has joined ... tm , an industry consortium transforming online authentication ... technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for ... and private, and easier to use. ... sensitive user information and eliminates the dependency on ...
(Date:4/10/2015)... -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cjk4gb/security ) ... Profiles - NEC" report to their offering. ... continue to supply a range of IT security management ... focus on the development of a Big Data and ... the Asia-Pacific region is a ...
(Date:4/2/2015)... 2, 2015 In the ... far outperforms the strongest competitors, showing outstanding performance ... the system is capable of a throughput of ... up to be ten times faster than most ... performance.      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150402/738673-a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):HYPR Corp. Joins the FIDO Alliance 2HYPR Corp. Joins the FIDO Alliance 3NEC Security Competitive Profile 2015 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 3
... (October 5, 2010) -- Protein molecules inside cells ... forces exerted by all the other molecules in ... models are necessarily built around much greater driving ... Journal of Chemical Physics investigates the ...
... State University researchers have discovered a rare oasis of life ... bottom of Yellowstone Lake. A colony of moss, worms ... the water is inky black, about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and ... in the September issue of Geobiology. The vent is ...
... Oct. 4, 2010 -- Supercomputer simulations at the Department of ... nucleic acids could have contributed to the origins of life. ... who directs ORNL,s Center for Molecular Biophysics and holds a ... to probe an organic chemical reaction that may have been ...
Cached Biology News:Montana State team finds rare oasis of life on floor of Yellowstone Lake 2Montana State team finds rare oasis of life on floor of Yellowstone Lake 3Montana State team finds rare oasis of life on floor of Yellowstone Lake 4Powerful supercomputer peers into the origin of life 2
(Date:5/21/2015)... 2015  CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTR ), ... oncology, today announced positive updated results from its ... the treatment of unresectable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a ... trial is designed to investigate the preliminary efficacy ... have progressed following prior treatment with surgery, radiation ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/84975r/2015_global ) ... Global Survey on Flow Cytometry Adoption Trends" ... goal of this research is to analyze the ... information the survey seeks to collect include factors ... used applications for flow cytometers, respondents, most preferred ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... May 21, 2015 Veolia’s environmental ... exclusive North American distribution agreement with VWR to ... , With more than 160 years of experience, ... services for laboratory and production facilities, has cultivated ... and differentiated services to enable science. Endetec’s ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... , May 20, 2015 ... presented preliminary data demonstrating the ability of the ... fibrosis (IPF) from other interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) ... the classifier,s potential to help thousands of patients ... ambiguity in IPF diagnosis – a frequent challenge ...
Breaking Biology Technology:CytRx Reports Positive Updated Phase 2 Aldoxorubicin Clinical Trial Results in Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 2CytRx Reports Positive Updated Phase 2 Aldoxorubicin Clinical Trial Results in Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 3CytRx Reports Positive Updated Phase 2 Aldoxorubicin Clinical Trial Results in Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 4CytRx Reports Positive Updated Phase 2 Aldoxorubicin Clinical Trial Results in Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 5CytRx Reports Positive Updated Phase 2 Aldoxorubicin Clinical Trial Results in Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 6CytRx Reports Positive Updated Phase 2 Aldoxorubicin Clinical Trial Results in Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 7Global Survey on Flow Cytometry Adoption Trends 2015 2Veolia’s TECTA™ B16 Instrument for E. Coli Detection is Offered Exclusively Through VWR 2Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 2Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 3Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 4Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 5
... the flow of light is essential in today,s telecommunications-based ... Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements have discovered a ... discovery, they built a device in which a beam ... controlled by a second, stronger light beam. The device ...
... Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Jian-Qiang Lu ... technical achievements toward the design and realization of ... in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems ... prestigious William D. Ashman Achievement Award for 2010 ...
... ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 11, 2010 PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE ... medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, today reported ... nine months ended September 30, 2010. For ... $6.2 million compared to $6.8 million in the same ...
Cached Biology Technology:All-optical transistor 2Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor James Lu garners award for research on 3-D computer chips 2PharmAthene Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Results 2PharmAthene Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Results 3PharmAthene Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Results 4PharmAthene Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Results 5PharmAthene Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Results 6PharmAthene Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Results 7
... The product contains 5 ml of ... to release mouse CD4+ T cells from ... isolated mosue CD4+ T cells from Dynabeads ... isolated cells are suitable for any downstream ...
CoverWell imaging chamber gasket with adhesive, one chamber, 20 mm diameter, 1.0 mm deep *set of 40* Cell Biology Imaging Tools and Accessories Microscope Slide Accessories...
Sterile glass 5 mm beads that make spreading bacterial and yeast cultures easy. Can be washed, autoclaved and reused....
... 5 ml of DETACHaBEAD 19 polyclonal ... CD19 (Pan B). B cells ... and released with DETACHaBEAD CD19 are ... suitable for applications such as culturing ...
Biology Products: