BioEnergy Research

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 1060–1062 | Cite as

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

  • Brian K. RichardsEmail author
  • Cathelijne R. Stoof
  • Ian J. Cary
  • Peter B. Woodbury


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.


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



This research was supported in part by the US Department of Agriculture through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Sustainable Bioenergy grant no. 2010-03869 and by funding from the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University through a grant provided by the US Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office under award number DE-FC36-05GO85041.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian K. Richards
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cathelijne R. Stoof
    • 1
  • Ian J. Cary
    • 1
  • Peter B. Woodbury
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological & Environmental EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Crop & Soil SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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