Plant biomass may be an economic means of harvesting and storing solar energy. present day agricultural practices, however, do not allow maximum biomass production in the primary sense, or as crop residue. Biomass production is closely related to photosynthetic potential of single leaves in a complete canopy. New developments in crop selection and culture may allow more efficient canopies and photosynthetic rates. Genetic improvement in vegetative growth as well as grain or economic product would increase production potential for both fuel crops and crop residues. Long range agronomic considerations on also need to be considered.
Nelson, C. J., "Agronomic Potential for Biomass Production" (1976). UMR-MEC Conference on Energy / UMR-DNR Conference on Energy. 186, pp. 660-669.
3rd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1976: Oct. 12-14, Rolla, MO)
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