Reporting on Marginal Lands for Bioenergy Feedstock Production: a Modest Proposal

B.K. Richards, C.R. Stoof, I.J. Cary, P.B. Woodbury

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Growing bioenergy feedstocks can provide a long-term sustainable production system for marginal land resources and is essential for minimizing food vs. fuel competition for prime croplands. However, the term “marginal” is too often used in research reports without being defined. We here suggest that clearly specifying the biophysical factors and agroeconomic context contributing to marginality will greatly enhance the utility and comparability of published research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1060-1062
JournalBio Energy Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Agriculture
  • Bioenergy feedstock production
  • Biofuels
  • Land capability
  • Land cover change
  • Marginal lands
  • Marginal soils
  • Renewable energy
  • Soil


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