Diversifying Midwestern agriculture with perennial forages: a review of the benefits and barriers to forages in Iowa, and a genetic study of biofuel potential for reed canarygrass

dc.contributor.advisor Charles Brummer
dc.contributor.advisor Jean-Luc Jannink
dc.contributor.author Olmstead, Julia
dc.contributor.department Agronomy
dc.date 2018-08-22T21:29:34.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T07:41:21Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T07:41:21Z
dc.date.copyright Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2007
dc.date.issued 2007-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>This thesis addresses first the socio-political, economic, and ecological consequences and causes of decreased forage production in Iowa, and then focuses on a breeding study related to the biofuel potential of reed canarygrass. In the first paper I review the agronomic, ecological, and economic benefits of forage incorporation into corn and soybeans rotations and then attempt to explain the socio-political reasons why forages are not grown on more Iowa farms. The second paper details an evaluation of reed canarygrass germplasm for biofuel traits. We evaluated the entire reed canarygrass germplasm collection available in the US for biomass and quality traits. We found significant variability for yield, height, and quality traits among germplasm of both US origin and from regions around the world. Higher yields from Central and Northern-European accessions as compared to Middle-Eastern and Eastern-European accessions suggest they would be the best candidates for inclusion in a direct breeding program.</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 16036
dc.identifier.contextkey 7013776
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6795
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
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dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/68628
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Science
dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Agronomy and Crop Sciences
dc.subject.disciplines Energy Systems
dc.subject.disciplines Horticulture
dc.subject.disciplines Oil, Gas, and Energy
dc.subject.disciplines Power and Energy
dc.subject.keywords Agronomy;Plant breeding;Sustainable agriculture
dc.title Diversifying Midwestern agriculture with perennial forages: a review of the benefits and barriers to forages in Iowa, and a genetic study of biofuel potential for reed canarygrass
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dc.type.genre thesis
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thesis.degree.discipline Sustainable Agriculture
thesis.degree.level thesis
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
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