Food and Energy Security

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Edited By: Professor Martin Parry, Rothamsted Research

Online ISSN: 2048-3694


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  1. Reviews

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      Advances in shrub-willow crops for bioenergy, renewable products, and environmental benefits

      Timothy A. Volk, Justin P. Heavey and Mark H. Eisenbies

      Article first published online: 2 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/fes3.82

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      Willow biomass crops have been studied in the United States since the mid 1980s, but only recently has this research resulted in the deployment of this system across the landscape. This initial deployment occurred because of support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and a regional company's (ReEnergy) decision to sign long-term contracts to purchase biomass from willow growers. Shrub willow has the potential to be effective in multifunctional systems and examples of these systems are being deployed in the United States despite the lack of direct value being attributed to these systems.

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      Prospects for yield improvement in the Australian wheat industry: a perspective

      Michael Robertson, John Kirkegaard, Greg Rebetzke, Rick Llewellyn and Tim Wark

      Article first published online: 13 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/fes3.81

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      Debates about the challenge of meeting global food security have emphasized the centrality of maintaining progress in crop yield. For the Australian grains industry, we assess the recent progress in wheat yield (the dominant crop) due to genetic improvement and advances in agronomy, and propose some of the emerging technologies that are likely to contribute to yield gain in the medium (10–20 years) term.

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      The CROPROTECT project and wider opportunities to improve farm productivity through web-based knowledge exchange

      Toby J. A. Bruce

      Article first published online: 6 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/fes3.80

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      Knowledge itself is a critical input for farming systems. This century rapidly developing information technologies provide huge opportunities to facilitate knowledge exchange. This can bring science and farming communities together to turn information into relevant farming knowledge.

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      Flood and drought tolerance in rice: opposite but may coexist

      A. N. M. Rubaiyath Bin Rahman and Jianhua Zhang

      Article first published online: 6 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/fes3.79

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      Rice drought and flood tolerance may be regulated by cross-talked pathways and co-exist in aus sub-population.

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      Diversification and use of bioenergy to maintain future grasslands

      Iain S. Donnison and Mariecia D. Fraser

      Article first published online: 16 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/fes3.75

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      In this paper, a number of different bioenergy options are discussed that span the use of plant biomass from grasses and grasslands, which represent the predominant global land use. The options cover the use of biomass derived from the management of green spaces in the built environment, semi-natural systems as part of ecosystem management, pasture in addition to livestock production, and the planting and cropping of dedicated energy grasses. The adoption of such approaches can help to increase income from grasslands as well as mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from livestock agriculture and help fund conservation of these valuable ecosystems and landscapes.


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