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Phil Robertson

Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit Environment if Managed Correctly

Monday, July 3, 2017
Phil Robertson

Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy…

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Decomposing Leaves Are a Source of Greenhouse Gases

Monday, June 5, 2017
Sasha Kravchenko, MSU plant, soil and microbial scientist

Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves…

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Fertilizer Use Could Reduce Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels

Thursday, June 2, 2016
switchgrass crop

According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp…

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Changing Land-Use Habits Can Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Phil Robertson

While the use of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil is the largest contributor to emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, there are other factors…

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Microbes Crucial to Long-Term Soil Health

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Illustration of crop rotation

Phil Robertson, Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences has spent the past 26 years studying…

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