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An approach for siting poplar energy production systems to increase productivity and associated ecosystem servicesAuthor(s): Ronald S. Zalesny; Deahn M. Donner; David R. Coyle; William L. Headlee
Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 284: 45-58.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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CitationZalesny, Ronald S., Jr.; Donner, Deahn M.; Coyle, David R.; Headlee, William L. 2012. An approach for siting poplar energy production systems to increase productivity and associated ecosystem services. Forest Ecology and Management. 284: 45-58.
Keywords3-PG, biofuels, bioenergy, bioproducts, populus, productivity modeling
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