FEEDSTOCK DEVELOPMENT

These videos are a part of the series, Developing a Sustainable Biomass Production System, a collection of short videos detailing the various aspects of research in the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) at Oklahoma State University.

The following departments and researchers are involved in the feedstock development phase of the BRDI project.

Plant and Soil Sciences
Gopal Kakani
Jason Warren
Tyson Ochsner
Yohannes Yimam

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Jagadeesh Mosali


CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN BIOMASS FEEDSTOCKS
This video shares the importance of understanding amount of carbon cycled in the plant systems and what measurements are being taken for this research project. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Gopal Kakani is an Associate Professor and Bioenergy Crop Production Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Kakani leads the crop production research for the BRDI project.


DEVELOPING TOOLS TO MEASURE FEEDSTOCK COMPOSITION
This video includes information about the tools developed and used to measure feedstock composition in sorghum and switchgrass. Gopal Kakani is an Associate Professor and Bioenergy Crop Production Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Kakani leads the crop production research for the BRDI project.


DEVELOPING WATERSHED MODELS TO UNDERSTAND HOW PROPOSED BIOMASS CROP SYSTEMS WILL WORK IN OKLAHOMA

This video includes information about the development of watershed models in order to understand how proposed biomass cropping systems will work in Oklahoma’s water systems. Tyson Ochsner is an Associate Professor and Applied Soil Physics Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Ochsner leads the research effort of crop water use, soil water balance, water resource impacts of bioenergy cropping systems and soil carbon impacts of bioenergy cropping systems for OSU’s BRDI project.


EFFECT OF DROUGHT ON BIOMASS PLANTS
This video includes information about the effects a drought can have on the production of switchgrass and sorghum being raised for biomass. During this research, 2 years of severe drought occurred in Oklahoma. Tyson Ochsner is an Associate Professor and Applied Soil Physics Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Ochsner leads the research effort of crop water use, soil water balance, water resource impacts of bioenergy cropping systems and soil carbon impacts of bioenergy cropping systems for OSU’s BRDI project.


GRAZING POTENTIAL ON SWITCHGRASS
This video includes information about the grazing potential on switchgrass. One of the benefits of producing switchgrass in Oklahoma is that it can be a dual-purpose use crop to feed cattle and provide biomass for bioenergy, without taking away input from human food supplies. Jagadeesh Mosali is a Soils and Crops Staff Scientist in the Agricultural Division at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. Mosali leads this research effort at the Noble Foundation, partnering with OSU.


MEASURING ENVIRONMENTAL FLUXES AND IMPACTS IN FEEDSTOCK PRODUCTION

Water is an important and limited resource in Oklahoma. This video discusses how research is being conducted to measure the plant’s atmospheric water and soil interactions that will effect growth efficiency and atmospheric properties in the field. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Gopal Kakani is an Associate Professor and Bioenergy Crop Production Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Kakani leads the crop production research for the BRDI project.


MEASURING NITROUS OXIDE EMISSIONS IN FORAGE SORGHUM AND SWITCHGRASS

Nitrous oxide emissions measurements are important to understand to know what production systems can produce the most biomass while creating the least amount of nitrous oxide emissions. This video discusses the methods and calculations that this data are being collected in the field. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Jason Warren is an Associate Professor and Soil and Water Conservation/Management Extension Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Warren leads this research area for the BRDI project.


MEASURING RESPIRATION FROM THE SOIL IN SORGHUM AND SWITCHGRASS PLOTS
During this video, Gopal Kakani discusses the methods and reasons to take measurements in the field to better understand respiration and plant atmospheric interactions that occur and how they effect production. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Gopal Kakani is an Associate Professor and Bioenergy Crop Production Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Kakani leads the crop production research for the BRDI project.


PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE RESEARCHERS PARTNER FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF BIOMASS PRODUCTION SYSTEM
During this video, Jason Warren discusses the collaboration among OSU’s plant and soil science researchers for this project. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Jason Warren is an Associate Professor and Soil and Water Conservation/Management Extension Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Warren leads this research area for the BRDI project.


RESEARCHING AND DEVELOPING SWITCHGRASS BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

This video includes information about the development of Best Management Practices for switchgrass production in Oklahoma. Jagadeesh Mosali is a Soils and Crops Staff Scientist in the Agricultural Division at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. Mosali leads this research effort at the Noble Foundation, partnering with OSU.


RESEARCHING NITROGEN IN THE PLANT ATMOSPHERIC SYSTEMS

This video includes information about the nitrogen in the plant atmospheric systems in switchgrass and biomass sorghum. Gopal Kakani is an Associate Professor and Bioenergy Crop Production Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Kakani leads the crop production research for the BRDI project.


RESEARCHING PLANT AND WATER INTERACTIONS AND COLLECTIONS
This video includes information about plant and water interactions. During this research, 2 years of severe drought occurred in Oklahoma. Tyson Ochsner is an Associate Professor and Applied Soil Physics Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Ochsner leads the research effort of crop water use, soil water balance, water resource impacts of bioenergy cropping systems and soil carbon impacts of bioenergy cropping systems for OSU’s BRDI project.


SOIL WATER BALANCE IN BIOMASS FEEDSTOCKS
During this video, Tyson Ochsner discusses the research being conducted to understand soil and water balances in biomass feedstock production. This research will provide a better understand how water stresses and conditions will impact crop productivity for these plants. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Tyson Ochsner is an Associate Professor and Applied Soil Physics Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Ochsner leads the research effort of crop water use, soil water balance, water resource impacts of bioenergy cropping systems and soil carbon impacts of bioenergy cropping systems for OSU’s BRDI project.


THE NEEDS AND COLLECTION METHODS FOR WATER BALANCE RESEARCH

This video includes information about the need to conduct water research and the collection methods to do so in switchgrass and sorghum plots. Yohannes Yimam is a graduate student conducting research for this project from OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.


USING DATA TO UNDERSTAND WATER SYSTEMS IN BIOMASS CROPS
During this video, Tyson Ochsner discusses how data will be used from the research being conducted to understand soil and water balances in biomass feedstock production. This research will provide a better understand how water stresses and conditions will impact crop productivity for these plants. This research is being conducted for the OSU Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Tyson Ochsner is an Associate Professor and Applied Soil Physics Specialist in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Ochsner leads the research effort of crop water use, soil water balance, water resource impacts of bioenergy cropping systems and soil carbon impacts of bioenergy cropping systems for OSU’s BRDI project.


These videos are a part of the series, Developing a Sustainable Biomass Production System, a collection of short videos detailing the various aspects of research in the Biomass Research and Development Initiative at Oklahoma State University.

Videos are coordinated by Ray Huhnke and Amanda Erichsen, OSU Biobased Products and Energy Center. Video production was conducted by Craig Woods, OSU Agricultural Communication Services.

Funding is provided by the USDA-NIFA, US DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative, Grant No. 2009-10006-06070. Title: Sustainable Feedstock Production Supply Systems to Support Cellulosic Biorefinery Industries.