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Taking factors besides yield into consideration lends increased viability to native perennial grasses as a biofuels source, according to a new paper by researchers from KBS and the KBS LTER, the University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, Bard College and Trinity Christian College.

Methane consumption, pest suppression, pollination and bird populations are higher in perennial grasslands than in corn crops, the team found; additionally, these benefits increase when fields are located near other perennial grass habitats.

The paper can be viewed online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) Early Edition here.

Read a press release from the National Science Foundation here.

Read an MSU Today article here.