University of Wisconsin researchers look at biomass for fuel and bird habitat

October 16, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat.

The research team found that where there are grasslands, there are birds. Grass-and-wildflower-dominated fields supported more than three times as many bird species as cornfields, including 10 imperiled species found only in the grasslands. These grassland fields can also produce ample biomass for renewable fuels.

 

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