Forage plants and grazinglands play a key role in North Carolina’s agriculture. In addition to providing a source of feed for livestock (dairy, beef, goats, horses, sheep), forage plants provide additional ecosystem services to society (i.e. soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration, increasing soil fertility, control of agricultural pests, habitat for wildlife) and have potential as an alternative source for the production of bioenergy.
Our work focuses on understanding the factors that determine productivity and sustainability of dedicated bioenergy grasses, forage, and forage-livestock systems and the interactions of plants, animals, and the environment.
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