August 30, 2012
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Jason Bergtold and Tian Xia, associate professors of agricultural economics, are serving as co-principal investigators alongside principal investigator Marcellus Caldas, assistant professor of geography, in a new study that has been awarded a $525,000 collaborative grant with the University of Kansas from the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Science Program.
The project will study the impact of land-use and land-cover change in the Brazilian Savannah, or Cerrado – the second largest biome in Brazil. The study aims to enhance the understanding on how market demand, supply and government policy have affected the behavior of both the ethanol industry and the farmers who are providing an increasing supply of sugarcane via land conversion in Brazil. Researches will also seek to understand the extent existing agricultural cropland, pasture or native vegetation is being converted to sugarcane.
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