Stress-Tolerant Feedstocks for Sustainable Bioenergy Production on Marginal Land

Lauren D. Quinn, Kaitlin C. Straker, Jia Guo, S. Kim, Santanu Thapa, Gary Kling, D. K. Lee, Thomas B. Voigt

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Given the mandated increases in fuel production from alternative sources, limited high-quality production land, and predicted climate changes, identification of stress-tolerant biomass crops will be increasingly important. However, existing literature largely focuses on the responses of a small number of crops to a single source of abiotic stress. Here, we provide a much-needed review of several types of stress likely to be encountered by biomass crops on marginal lands and under future climate scenarios: drought, flooding, salinity, cold, and heat. The stress responses of 17 leading biomass crops of all growth habits (e.g., perennial grasses, short-rotation woody crops, and large trees) are summarized, and we identify several that could be considered “all purpose” for multiple stress types. Importantly, we note that some of these crops are or could become invasive in some landscapes. Therefore, growers must take care to avoid dissemination of plants or propagules outside of cultivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1081-1100
Number of pages20
JournalBioenergy Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 8 2015


  • Bioenergy
  • Feedstocks
  • Marginal land
  • Stress tolerance
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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