Nature paper highlights KBS LTER long-term data sets

Fast-growing poplar grown on marginal lands can help meet Congress’ 2022 cellulosic biofuels goal. Photo credit: J.E.Doll

KBS LTER scientists published a paper in the journal Nature today showing how lands that are unsuited for food crops – called marginal lands – can help to meet our nation’s alternative energy production goals.

By using over 20 years of KBS LTER data, coupled with innovative modeling techniques, the researchers documented that marginal lands can contribute greatly to transportation energy needs while providing climate and conservation benefits.

Read more about this research from MSU News and from the National Science Foundation.