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Christopher Castle





Environmental Impact and Sustainability of Feedstock Production

The program quantifies the major pools and fluxes in the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and water in large plots of M. x giganteus, switchgrass, restored prairie, and corn. Researchers also determine the regulation of these fluxes by the insect and soil microbial communities. The group is developing a mechanistic understanding of how different feedstock crops affect major ecosystem processes, such as the capacity to sequester atmospheric carbon, retain soil nitrogen, minimize water contamination, and produce greenhouse gases including methane and nitrous oxide.