Special Issue "Forage and Bioenergy Crops"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2018).
Interests: Interest in agriculture sustainability and reducing the negative environmental impact of current cropping systems has increased the interest in including forages, cover crops and biomass crops into the agricultural landscape.
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Special Issue in Agronomy: Advances in Forages, Cover Crops, and Biomass Crops Production
Both forage and bioenergy crops are increasing in importance in the world. The increased demand of high protein foods (dairy products, meat, and eggs) especially in China has increased the interest in growing forages to supply their high demand for high protein foods. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is the number one forage in the world but many other perennial and annual legumes, grasses, and forbs are of local importance. Also, forages, especially perennial legumes reduce greenhouse gases emissions, by reducing fertilizer use and tillage. Investment on research of forages has been much less than in other food crops, thus forage crops have not reached their production potential.
Bioenergy crops production increased in the last decade in an effort to replace fossil fuels. Numerous species have been evaluated as feedstocks for energy production. Many of these species are common forages, now with a new purpose (i.e. switchgrass, reed canarygrass, forage sorghum).
This special issue will focus on “Forages and Bioenergy Crops”. We welcome novel research and reviews covering all related topics in forages and bioenergy crops, including crop genetics and improvement, production management, forage quality, novel crops, soil fertility and microbiology, soil-plant interaction, phytopathology, crop physiology, modelling, life cycle assessment, economics and marketing, and policy.Prof. Marisol Berti
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- forages management
- bioenergy crops
- forage genetics
- forage quality
- soil-plant interaction
- life cycle assessment