Special Issue "Advanced Research of Perennial Grasses: Resilient Crops in a Multifunctional Agriculture"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: biomass; bioenergy; biofuels; bioeconomy; climate change; global warming; perennial grasses; abiotic stress; plant agronomy; plant physiology; ecosystem services
Interests: Biomass; Bioenergy; Biofuels; Bioeconomy; Climate change; Global warming; Perennial grasses; Industrial Crops; Abiotic stress; Plant agronomy; Plant physiology; Ecosystem services
Agriculture is facing a wide range of challenges, as climate change, rapid population growth and dietary habits, and emerging markets are steadily modifying traditional cropping systems.
In this context, the concept of multifunctional agriculture has emerged, as agriculture activity beyond its role of producing food/feed and fiber, may also have several other functions, such as renewable energy and fuel production, ecosystem services, and contributions to the socio-economic viability of rural areas. Grasses are the largest form of vascular, herbaceous plants of monocotyledonous type (Poaceae or Gramineae family), a valuable source of food, feed and energy for all sorts of wildlife, domesticated animals and humans, and are the most widespread plants on Earth. In addition to food and fodder, perennial grasses have been identified as the most resilient crops to various abiotic stresses for a number of different end-uses.
This Special Issue addresses advanced progress on perennial grasses as a source of food, feed, fiber, fuel and ecosystem services (erosion control, restoration of degraded lands, sequestration of atmospheric carbon, organic matter and nutrient retention, etc.), with the main emphasis on cultural practices to improve production under varying stress conditions. All types of articles, such as original research, opinions, and reviews are welcome. Replicated experiments, whether in open field or in controlled environments should be performed at least twice (at least two years or two locations) to account for environmental variations and/or genotype × environment interactions.
Dr. Danilo Scordia
Prof. Salvatore L. Cosentino
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- Abiotic stress
- Biomass yield
- Carbon dioxide
- Climate change
- Global warming
- Marginal land
- Stress avoidance
- Stress escape
- Stress recovery
- Stress resistance
- Stress tolerance
- Advanced biofuel
- Anaerobic digestion
- Biochemical conversion
- Biophysical constraint
- Ecosystem services
- Organic matter
- Soil degradation
- Thermochemical conversion