June 1, 2012
What happens when traditional cotton country is converted to grow bioenergy crops?
That’s what a team of Texas AgriLife Research scientists will determine in a new U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded project. The team, led by Dr. Nithya Rajan, AgriLife Research agronomist in Vernon, has been awarded a $500,000 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative bioenergy grant.
The AgriLife Research team is collaborating with Dr. Stephen Maas, an agricultural micrometeorologist at Texas Tech University, in establishing flux towers in selected cotton, perennial grass and biomass sorghum fields to monitor carbon dioxide and water fluxes in the individual fields.