New Approaches To Old Problems: Integrating Disciplines To Understand Lodging In Oats
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John is a senior research officer at TEAGASC, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Research interests include: Energy Crop Agronomy, Biomass Storage, Biomass Combustion, and Life cycle assessment.

                       

New Approaches To Old Problems: Integrating Disciplines To Understand Lodging In Oats

Oats have been grown in Ireland since the Bronze age and once occupied a land area of over 1.5 million acres when oats were the primary feed for horses. The acreage of oats fell as horses were replaced with vehicles, but there is now renewed interest in oats as a result of a new appreciation of the health benefits of oat grains. Oat grains have been shown to have cholesterol, insulin, and glucose-lowering effects, reducing the risk of diabetes and...

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More food is required for a rapidly-growing global population. At the same time, efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change have meant that fossil fuels are being replaced by renewable energies including bioenergy. Biological energy (bio-energy) was the first type of energy used by mankind, and it is estimated that a substantial proportion of global primary energy could be produced from biomass by the middle of this century. However,  the conversion of large areas of good land to bioenergy...

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