World-renowned for its contributions to ecology, evolution and sustainable agriculture, the 3,014-acre W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is MSU’s largest off-campus research and education complex and among the most prominent inland field stations in North America. KBS has modern research laboratories, greenhouses and field laboratories, including the KBS Experimental Pond Laboratory and a state-of-the-art robotic milking dairy facility at the Kellogg Farm. KBS is one of 26 National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research sites. The facility also includes the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, the Manor House and the Conference Center, all of which are open year-round.
For more information, visit www.kbs.msu.edu
A six-year research effort by Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared with the same practices in the small experimental plots ordinarily used to test them.
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 increase in emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide and a significant driver of global climate change.
Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities.
A new study conducted at the Michigan State University W.K. Kellogg Biological Station has revealed that species diversity has no substantial impact on production of switchgrass and prairie grass, two grasses that are being evaluated for cellulosic bioenergy production.
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