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Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Keywords

Soil respiration; Plant litter--Biodegradation; Biomass energy;

Abstract

For my master's thesis, I researched soil respiration and litter decomposition at the Cedar River Ecological Research Site. Respiration and decomposition are important processes in the understanding of carbon sequestration, which is one of the main benefits of using biofuels. Cellulosic biofuels can be produced from a wide diversity of plants on a wide range of soil types, and these factors can influence the rate of carbon sequestration, so I investigated the effects of plant diversity and soil type in the context of perennial biofuel production.

Start Date

6-4-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

6-4-2016 1:45 PM

Faculty Advisor

Kenneth Elgersma

Department

Department of Biology

Comments

Location: Maucker Union Ballroom

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-6-2016

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Effects of Soil Type and Diversity on Soil Respiration and Litter Decomposition in a Perennial Biofuel Production System

For my master's thesis, I researched soil respiration and litter decomposition at the Cedar River Ecological Research Site. Respiration and decomposition are important processes in the understanding of carbon sequestration, which is one of the main benefits of using biofuels. Cellulosic biofuels can be produced from a wide diversity of plants on a wide range of soil types, and these factors can influence the rate of carbon sequestration, so I investigated the effects of plant diversity and soil type in the context of perennial biofuel production.